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Posted: 1:19 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
By Andrew Doud
CHARLOTTE, N.C. —
One concerned principal is taking matters into his own hands to ensure the safety of his students.East Mecklenburg High School Principal Rick Parker went door to door in the Ashley Place apartment complex Thursday morning.Many students who live there cross Independence Boulevard by jumping over a concrete median put in place for a new construction project.The students cross the highway at an area that used to have a traffic light. Since the construction began, the light has been taken out.The students are encouraged to walk less than half a mile down to Idlewild Road, but many do not.Thursday, Parker passed out fliers urging parents to not let their students walk to school."We just really want them to know that we have buses for them to ride to school and to come home," Parker said.Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the department may add more signs in the area, but the pedestrian detour at Idlewild Road has been in place for several months.
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