Cleveland mother says changes to son's bus route forced him to walk road without sidewalks

A local mom reached out to NewsChannel 9 after changes to her middle schooler's bus stop left her concerned about his safety. (Image: WTVC)

A local mom reached out to NewsChannel 9 after changes to her middle schooler's bus stop left her concerned about his safety.

On Tuesday afternoon, parent of three Sharon Petijean noticed her son Colyn was not dropped off at his regular bus stop.

He told her that the bus driver dropped him off at a different location down the road without her knowledge.

Sharon says the distance wasn't the problem for her - it's Colyn's safety and the state of the road.

Blackburn Road does not have any sidewalks for pedestrians to walk on.

"There's no shoulder to the road, there's no sidewalk, there's hills and blind spots. Tuesday afternoon, he could have easily been hit by a car and thrown into a ditch... no one would have known," says Petijean.

She had reached out to Cleveland Department of Transportation for a reason as to why her son was being dropped off at this new location. The director, Hal Travis, responded to her by email mentioning that they would address this next week.

Petijean reached out to us for help. We contacted the Director of Schools Russel Dyer, Ed. D, and asked for more answers, getting back a statement from the department:

"During the first few days of any school-year, it takes time to monitor bus schedules and stops. We are checking our information each day and will make adjustments as necessary. Our school bus safety record is something we are proud of and we take each call we receive seriously. If we find there is a safety issue, a change in a bus stop will be made." said Director of Schools, Russel Dyer, Ed. D.

Later in the evening, Sharon Petijean contacted us stating that her son's bus driver informed him his old bus stop would be his new bus stop starting Monday.




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