Trezevant students concerned about the dangerous walk to class - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Trezevant students concerned about the dangerous walk to class

We received a tip on our Investigators hotline about the dangerous walk to one Memphis School.
   
Thursday morning, it was easy to see that the trip to Trezevant Middle and High Schools can be dangerous on foot. 

At one intersection, there is no light or stop sign and no crossing guard to slow down traffic.

"It just be hard, and students, they'll just run across the street," said student April Hall. "Cars still be going."

We saw quite a few students taking dangerous risks, including dodging busses, trucks, and cars, and straddling lanes just to get to the other side.

"Most of them is almost getting hit, and they desperately need a crossing guard," said parent Gloria Barnes.

With kids in plain sight, drivers, even people driving buses, did not slow down.

"I mean at the end of the day, it be all cars," Hall said.  "They don't stop. We could be in the middle of the street, they still be going."

A spokesperson for Memphis City Schools said the district does not decide which schools get crossing guards.  Rather, the decision is made by the Memphis Police Special Operations Unit, which evaluates each intersection and assigns each guard.

Trezevant and Frayser Boulevard are not on the list.

Parents and students said they hope the police department will reconsider before someone gets hurt.

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