Parents fight to get intersection crossing guards back - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Parents fight to get intersection crossing guards back

(WMC-TV) - Parents in Tipton County are upset that crossing guards have been taken away from key intersections in Covington.

One of the places that now lacks guards is Bert Johnston Avenue at Highway 51.

Parents they say their children's safety is at risk.

"This is gonna cause an accident. A child will get run over here," said Kim Mize. "This is a four-lane highway, lots of kids cross this road going home."

Up until this year, the Covington Police Department provided crossing guards at the intersection near the Covington Integrated Arts Academy. Guards were also provided near Crestview Elementary School and Crestview Middle School.

But this year, the police chief says the city board voted to cut the six paid crossing guard positions, saving more than $35,000 from the police department's budget.

"Their budget cuts are not gonna be enough to take care of the child that gets run over," said Mize.

Kim Mize did not know the crossing guards had been cut. She did not see them on the first day of school, but she thought it was just because it was a half day.

But Wednesday, she says, was a different story.

"They're sending officers out there to turn the lights on and they're sending officers back there to turn the lights off when they could stay and direct traffic," she said.

Covington police say there is a backup plan if needed.

The police chief says if it becomes a problem and if traffic is an issue, a uniformed officer will work traffic control.

Concerned parents tell Action News 5 that they plan to address the school board on this issue during their meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.

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