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Crossing guards approved for unincorporated LA County middle schools

It's a big victory for student safety - crossing guards are being added to all Los Angeles County middle schools.
March 5, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
It's a big victory for student safety: Crossing guards are being added to middle schools in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

The previous policy only covered elementary schools. The fight to place crossing guards in all middle schools began in Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta.

Parents and students at Rosemont have been sending letters to supervisors for some time now - close to 1,000 letters, mostly made by the children themselves.

Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the crossing guard motion, spearheaded by Supervisor Michael Antonovich. The motion covers all middle schools in unincorporated Los Angeles County.

The supervisors were also influenced by a recent accident in Hollywood. Last month, a woman was walking her daughter to school along a crosswalk when she was struck by a semi-truck and killed. This tragic incident prompted supervisors to take action.

Many are applauding the move, emphasizing the dangerous conditions at school crosswalks - particularly in the bustling morning hours.

"I think it was really dangerous. I leave about the same time that the school starts and there were kids sort of running across the street and cars flying down here, so I think it was quite dangerous," said Elizabeth Ashley-Haynes, a La Crescenta resident.

Some residents wonder why it took so long.

"I don't think it's been traditional for children this age, but it's certainly not a bad idea," said Judy Carrico, another La Crescenta resident.

Students and parents can now breathe a little easier, knowing there will be an extra pair of eyes and a big stop sign watching students' backs.

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