Concerns of Crossing Guards for Students

By: Shannon Smith
By: Shannon Smith

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A local student is recovering tonight after a hit and run accident this morning near Lincoln Middle School. Now many parents with kids who cross that road say they’re worried about their own children’s safety.

Luckily, the student didn’t have any serious injuries but many parent are upset claiming there needs to be crossing guards near Lincoln Middle School to help kids cross the street.

Rockford Police say a girl ran across Charles Street when she was hit by a car. The driver then took off. Some parents say Charles and 11th is a busy intersection claiming it’s unsafe for middle schoolers to cross the road alone. Crossing guards are only required at elementary schools, they’re paid for by District 205 and Rockford Police.

Jennifer Hillary watchers her nephew cross Charles Street everyday but she’s always worried about speeding drivers.

“It’s high traffic times that they’re going to school and getting out of school. Something needs to be done. It’s not safe whether it be police patrols or crossing guards,” said Hillary.

We checked with 205, and administrators say it’s actually up to the city to decide if an area needs a crossing guard. That person would be hired by the district and trained by Rockford police. We’re told there are currently 30 guards and they’re all stationed at elementary schools.

Officers are still looking for the driver who hit the girl. They think the suspect was driving a dark blue pick-up truck or SUV.

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