To the editor:
As we all sit and wait for news on Jessica Ridgeway, the missing Westminster, Colo., girl, I think this would be a great time to address the Independence School District’s bus policy.
In this day in age, it is clearly not safe for children to be walking to school. Jessica had a three block walk and in that distance has disappeared. Yet, here in the Independence School District, my daughter cannot get bus service because we live within a mile of the school. The district has informed me that she is considered a walker.
I was informed we could pay for bus service, but only if my daughter can catch the bus at an existing stop. This is not possible, because my daughter would have to cross 35th Street, which they do not consider safe. This is ironic. Safety is the reason I am trying to get my daughter on the bus. So, even if I pay for bus service my daughter is not allowed to ride one of the numerous buses that pass by our house each morning.
I recently searched the sex offender website and found that between our house and the school we have a registered sex offender convicted of a sexual crime against a child. So to walk to school my daughter would have to pass by the house of a registered sex offender, which clearly adds to the already existing danger in having children walk to school.
I think the Independence School District needs to examine its bus policy to ensure the safety of our children. In the meantime, I will pray that Jessica Ridgeway is found unharmed. I hope this will serve as a wake-up call to the ISD.