Parents near Gideons Elem. and Park Middle Outraged over No School Bus Service

Parents say their children need buses due to the crime in the area.

The Atlanta Public Schools has had a rough first week of school, as problems with their school buses have caused a number of complaints.

Parents in Southwest Atlanta who have children in both Gideons Elementary and Park Middle School, and also live in that area are angry that their children are no longer eligible to ride the school bus.  A new policy enacted this year, says that students that live close to their respective school are no longer able to ride the school bus and will have to find their own way to school. 

The new rule says that if you live within a 1 mile radius of your elementary school or within 1.5 miles of your middle or high school, you are on your own.  The reason for the policy is to save money and resources.

WSB-TV spoke to one SW parent who was outraged and said, “the school bus was our safety zone.”  Without the school bus, students in that area will have to walk through an area that unfortunately has been hit by drugs, prostitution, gang-activity and foreclosure.  This is frightening and unsafe for these young children, many parents believe.

Exceptions to this new busing policy will be made on a case by case basis.

jimmie August 10, 2012 at 01:40 AM
ahhh..no more free stuff on others tabs...
Menelik Zee August 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
That's something just like a sick individual would say.
Menelik Zee August 10, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The superintendant neds to go. He's incompetent and arrogant.
jimmie August 10, 2012 at 03:16 AM
I'm quite well Ms. Zee..just not a believer in socialism. My kid walked or was driven one mile every day..cost of having kids. Mother government can provide everything!
jimmie August 10, 2012 at 03:17 AM
Um, can't provide everything..cradle to grave on my tab no more!!
Chris Murphy August 10, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Supt. Davis is probably the best APS has had. Ever. He can't solve the crime and traffic problems across the entire city, in addition to being charged with educating the city's kids. Time for the courts, the cops, the City government - and the parents and residents of those areas- to step up.
Decaturette August 10, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Most school systems consider safety as well as distance. For example, if students cannot cross a highway safely to get to school, bus service is provided even if they live within a mile of school. Common sense has to be applied as well as rules.
Sara Brown August 10, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Gosh jimmie, I hope your house doesn't catch on fire so someone else doesn't have to pick up the tab for those firemen and all that water you'll have your hand stuck out for..... In fact, don't go taking a shower either, or let anybody catch you calling the cops, God forbid. Done any driving on a road lately? And how d'ya reckon that electricity is getting to your computer? Good luck, genius.
Menelik Zee August 10, 2012 at 02:41 PM
He can provide decent bus service.
Menelik Zee August 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
I doubt if you know what socialism is. If you did, you would be pissed off the corporations.
Dinopolis August 10, 2012 at 05:21 PM
the government's broke from all the fraud and waste---time for chump taxpayers to pay up for stuff
KC August 10, 2012 at 07:05 PM
And you southerns wonder why the rest of the world thinks you are back-water hicks. Ignorant comments like the above are the reason. Socialism? what is the fire department (I pay taxes for them but never needed them) the public library or public schools (my kids are in private schools so I pay their private tuition PLUS my taxes pay for public education) so before you tea party knuckle dragging relics from the past start spewing terms (socialism) you heard from Palin but have yet to really understand - get outside of your trailer and educate yourselves
John Wayne August 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
KC appears to be confused. Socialism is where the means of PRODUCTION and DISTRIBUTION of all products is OWNED by the government. As long as we can still start and own our own businesses, we are enjoying CAPITALISM. I live proudly as a capitalist, a business owner and a Conservative ... and Southern by the Grace of God!
s. Smith August 11, 2012 at 03:26 AM
Whatever your view of the current economic situation with our cities/counties cutting back on services to save $, and if you find your particular case still doesn't warrant getting the bus, parents will have to rely on themselves and think creatively to keep our children safe! Parents, take turns walking your kids to school - maybe you can enlist a helpful empty-nester neighbor to help you out. Teach your children how to be "street" smart. Don't let the thugs rule your neighborhood. A good start would be get your neighbors info, e-mails and keep everyone informed of what's happening. If there is a suspicious person/car in my n'hood i get an e-mail - we watch out for each other, especially the kids. This has to be done everywhere - there's really no such thing as a "safe" neighborhood anymore, so you can't rely on other people - the bus driver, the police, etc. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility for your children's safety - you owe it to them - you brought them into this world and they are so precious! May God bless you and your children!
Koko Williams August 11, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Chris Murphy, No one asked him to solve crime and traffic problems, however he should ensure that ALL children are provided with safe transportation to and from school, not just some. The old budget crisis excuse is just smoke and mirrors. How is providing transportation to students who live the farthest from the school SAVING the district any money? It would not hurt the budget at all to provide transportation to students living within a mile of their schools.
M Jackson August 12, 2012 at 11:40 AM
I am okay with kids walking to school. However, when there are no sidewalks and the area is crime ridden, APS needs to rethink that. It is good opportunity for neighbors to band together and get to know one another as they get their kids to school
Frank P August 13, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Instead of blaming the Super, how bout blaming the county commissioners who p*ss away money in other areas instead of where it belongs: kids, police, firemen. Wayyy too many bureaucrats and all the money required to keep them in airconditioned offices and county cars.
Frank P August 13, 2012 at 06:30 PM
But S Smith is right..time for parents to take command of their neighborhoods and not be victims. (maybe a neighborhood showing of the movie Gran Torino might be inspiring...)
E Keathley August 15, 2012 at 07:21 PM
I hope sidewalk safety starts to be more of a concern. The sidewalks are in bad shape, and maybe if people felt safer on them more would walk.
Cate August 22, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Our children are overweight, and we are broke, so walking to school seems the most appropriate solution. Parents need to get involved and organized, I'm sure there are plenty stay-at-home available to walk with the kids.


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