Oak Ridge parents protest over new changes on how students get t

Oak Ridge parents protest over new changes on how students get to school

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Parents were seen Tuesday demonstrating and holding signs to protest the walk zone. Parents were seen Tuesday demonstrating and holding signs to protest the walk zone.
Parents in Oak Ridge are opposed to a change on how students get to school. Parents in Oak Ridge are opposed to a change on how students get to school.
"We have several roads that don't have sidewalks so they'll be walking in people's grass or on the road," said Daniel Morgan. "We have several roads that don't have sidewalks so they'll be walking in people's grass or on the road," said Daniel Morgan.
"I also think that all children in the school system and all the families in the school system should be supplied transportation because everybody pays the same taxes," said Michelle Doka. "I also think that all children in the school system and all the families in the school system should be supplied transportation because everybody pays the same taxes," said Michelle Doka.
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter 

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - Parents in Oak Ridge are opposed to a change on how students get to school.

The district is expanding the parental responsibility zone to one and a half miles. Kids who live within that distance from their school either have to walk or their parents have to transport them.

Previous Story: Oak Ridge parents worry over parent responsibility zone changes

Parents were seen Tuesday demonstrating and holding signs to protest the walk zone.

Parents said it's not safe for kids to walk through busy streets to get to school. They're against the move because they don't want their kids to walk by homes where pedophiles live. The parents believe all kids should be treated equally, and they don't think the new walk zone is doing that.

"We have busy intersections. We have several roads that don't have sidewalks so they'll be walking in people's grass or on the road," said Daniel Morgan.

Morgan also said he thinks officials should look into allocating money from elsewhere to keep kids safe.

"I also think that all children in the school system and all the families in the school system should be supplied transportation because everybody pays the same taxes," said Michelle Doka.

Last week Superintendent Bruce Borchers made a change, counting the mile and a half as the distance actually walked rather than "as the crow flies." 

Previous Story: Oak Ridge superintendent makes changes to policy for kids walking to school


Some unspent money in school accounts will cover the extra $200,000 cost, but the superintendent cautioned the money may not be there next year.

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