Oak Ridge superintendent makes changes to policy for kids walkin

Oak Ridge superintendent makes changes to policy for kids walking to school

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"Seven year olds are not responsible enough to walk that distance. I also I feel like this leaves my children and other people's children a target for sexual predators and pedophiles in the area," said Lorinda Eleam. "Seven year olds are not responsible enough to walk that distance. I also I feel like this leaves my children and other people's children a target for sexual predators and pedophiles in the area," said Lorinda Eleam.
OAK RIDGE (WATE) - The head of Oak Ridge city schools is making changes to a new policy on kids walking to school.

On Monday, 6 News told viewers more children would be required to walk and some parents had concerns.

The school district expanded its parental responsibility zone to one and a half miles. Wednesday Superintendent Bruce Borshears said he has heard parents concerns and will change that requirement so that it applies to actual walking distance rather than "as the crow" flies.

Some Oak Ridge parents were at a meeting on Wednesday evening to speak with school officials and ask questions.

Many said they were concerned about their children crossing busy roads or that their kids could be a target for sexual predators.

"Seven year olds are not responsible enough to walk that distance. I also I feel like this leaves my children and other people's children a target for sexual predators and pedophiles in the area. If you Google, there's several in that vicinity. That's a major concern for me. It's not safe. I don't know what I'm going to do, because my children are not going to walk," said Lorinda Eleam, an Oak Ridge parent.

The superintendent said some unspent money in school accounts will cover the extra $200,000 cost, and he cautioned the money may not be there next year.






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