Oak Ridge parents concerned about new gate at Glenwood Elementar

Oak Ridge parents concerned about new gate at Glenwood Elementary

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6 News started looking into the new fence at Glenwood Elementary after a parent contacted us with concerns about the new fence. 6 News started looking into the new fence at Glenwood Elementary after a parent contacted us with concerns about the new fence.
Parents say they think the new fence is a good idea for safety reasons, but they want the gate left unlocked before and after school so their children will still be able to get to school the way they have for years. Parents say they think the new fence is a good idea for safety reasons, but they want the gate left unlocked before and after school so their children will still be able to get to school the way they have for years.
After 6 News explained the parents' issues with the gate, the principal agreed to a compromise and immediately put a new policy in place. Starting Wednesday, the gate will now be unlocked for 30 minutes before and after school, and on the weekends. After 6 News explained the parents' issues with the gate, the principal agreed to a compromise and immediately put a new policy in place. Starting Wednesday, the gate will now be unlocked for 30 minutes before and after school, and on the weekends.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


OAK RIDGE (WATE) - An Oak Ridge elementary school principal is reversing course on a policy affecting how some kids get to and from school.

It has to do with a gate on the fence surrounding Glenwood Elementary School in Oak Ridge. 6 News started looking into it after a parent contacted us with concerns about the new fence.

Parents say they think the new fence is a good idea for safety reasons, but they want the gate left unlocked before and after school so their children will still be able to get to school the way they have for years.

"It's a lot safer. It's a lot faster for him to walk up the street to take the short path to the school," said mom Jennifer Brown.

Since the gate was permanently locked on April 17, her son has to take the long way around, walking across a street which Brown feels isn't safe. She also wants the gate unlocked on the weekends.

"I want my kids to be able to go down there and play and have fun, and I'm sure the rest of the kids in the neighborhood want the same thing as well," Brown said.

Another parent, Adrien Herbison, says his family moved to their house partly because it's right next to the path leading to the school.

"It's very frustrating. I like the security part, that's a great idea. I'm all about that, but it takes away the norm, what everyone has been doing. There's many kids that walk to school.

Both parents say they've tried contacting the principal and the superintendent, but nothing was done. 6 News took their concerns to principal Pearl Goins.

"No one came to talk to me directly about the fence. I've not spoken to one parent about the fence," Goins said.

She says the school board voted to install the fence mainly for safety reasons.

"We found drug paraphernalia and actually had the police come out and pick it up, so we were excited when the fence went around our playground," Goins said. 

After 6 News explained the parents' issues with the gate, Goins agreed to a compromise and immediately put a new policy in place. Starting Wednesday, the gate will now be unlocked for 30 minutes before and after school, and on the weekends.

"I'm willing to work with our community and our parents. I don't mind opening those gates for that spot check," Goins said.

6 News went back to tell Brown about the changes.

"I'm pretty happy. That's a good compromise," Brown said.
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