Mom upset her young child has to walk to Lockport school because they live too close for busing

A local mom took to Facebook this week because she has had enough of her son having to walk outside in frigid temperatures because the family lives too close to Lockport schools.

“We are so close that the bus stands directly in front of our home for 15 minutes before it starts their route. Children in our development get picked up just not within that mile. Why my child can’t walk a few doors down with me and be picked up is beyond me,” said Anetka Sosa, parent. “Why myself or any parent/parents are expected to walk in the winter with no sidewalks just bothers me beyond belief.”

Sosa has a 2-year-old and a 3-month-old which makes it difficult for her to walk her son to school, but she does. She says her son has to walk on a busy road with no sidewalks and no shoulder for almost a mile in the cold. The speed limit is 35 mph and she worries for the safety of her child. All because she says districts are allowed to decide if a student can be bused or not if they live within two miles of the school.

“I want to cry I’m so frustrated. I know when we were little we walked longer distances, I know that others may have it worse, but this should not be happening, I don’t know what logic was used to make this law stick, but I’m asking you to help me change it,” said Rosa. “I will not go quietly. I do not want my child missing school because it’s too bad out there to walk and I don’t want my child or any child to be at risk for getting hit by a car. No child this age should be considered a ‘walker’ like we were told when we moved here and tried to set up busing.”

Rosa believes NYS law needs to change.

“I tried to reason with them and was told that the law was on their side. This law needs to change! Not everyone has two vehicles, not everyone needs two vehicles. My husband and I work opposite shifts for the sole purpose that one of us is always home with our children. Why do they have to make this so difficult? What do our school taxes pay for? Do I pay less because my child is a ‘walker?’ I don’t think so. Instead to save a few bucks and put it in someone else’s pocket we’re left with no options, just left to figure it out. In other words they are saying ‘your child does not matter.’ Well that’s not good enough for me, I will fight whoever I have to.”

Rosa said the purpose of her plea is to make sure that each and every child deserves the promise of a safe way to school.

“No one should be excluded. You never know someone’s situation, whether it’s a single parent trying to manage everything themselves and make it to work, not everyone has help, not everyone has options. Sometimes the only safe place a child has is school, what if they can’t make it there? This law is letting those children down. No exceptions, no hardhsips matter, you don’t matter. Your child’s absence does not matter, only your tax dollar does. Each child should be provided with a way to school not just mine. They don’t have voices big enough, we have to speak for them, fight for them.”

What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments.

UPDATE – An online petition has been created to change the busing  policy in New York State. It has almost reached its goal of 2,500 signatures. To view or sign the petition visit: www.change.org/p/lockport-school-board-each-and-every-child-deserves-a-safe-way-to-school-busalllittleones-mommyonamission/

15 thoughts on “Mom upset her young child has to walk to Lockport school because they live too close for busing

  • December 29, 2017 at 3:02 pm
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    This is so terribly sad. I am a 40 yr. veteran school bus driver in a neighboring district. Some years back, our District Superintendant, concerned about the safety of our kids, made a decision that kids in the village, who would normally walk, would be picked up by the buses at the corners. Luckily, there are sidewalks that are maintained by the village. This should be an example to other districts to step up and find a way to protect the children in their districts.

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  • December 29, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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    I wholeheartedly agree with and support this family. This is not the same world as it was 20, or even 10 years ago. It is not ok that a child that age should be expected to walk anywhere, potentially alone, whether it be 60 degrees and sunny or rigid temperatures. I know there are other families within the same school district with similar struggles. I hope they band together and make their voices heard!

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  • December 29, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    I 100% agree with her! My son is 4 years old. I have to walk him 1 mile each way for him to go to school for 2 and a half hours! Most days I don’t take him due to the weather. Granted hes only in Preschool but hes missing out on learning! His school doesnt offer bussing unless they need some help with learning. I don’t agree with that at all! I know how she feels! I hate walking him in the cold. I’d rather he had a bus so he wouldn’t have to be cold all the way to school then to turn around 2 1/2 hours later. Yes the laws beed to change! All kids should be bused if they see a mile or more from the school!!

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  • December 29, 2017 at 5:40 pm
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    Suck it up. You knew where the school was in relationship to your home when you bought it. You also knew there were no sidewalks in your neighborhood. If it bothers you that much put the kids in the car and drive him. If packing up 3 kids is too much for you then maybe you should have stopped at one kid. I walked all 13 years to school. 6 of those years it was a mile. Snowflake

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  • December 29, 2017 at 6:20 pm
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    I agree! I used to hate walking to school in the winter with no side walks when I was younger, My brother and I almost got hit one day because of it. Thankfully my daughter goes to Roy hart and even though we live maybe a mile if not less from the school because there are no side walks the bus picks her up in the front of our house on the route to school. I hope you can get them to give him and the other walkers around you a bus before someone gets hurt!

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  • December 29, 2017 at 9:47 pm
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    I agree as well…5yrs old is too young in any weather for a child to walk a mile to school. Add winter and unclean or non existent sidewalks and you have babies walking in the street. Ridiculous! We wont even talk about the creeps in the world. Im sure some perfect patty will hop on here about how she makes it happen and have all kinds of reasons why her kids are fine but who cares point is if its unsafe for one child that’s too much.

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  • December 29, 2017 at 11:20 pm
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    This is what’s wrong with people today- expecting someone else to take responsibility for them.
    First- Why did you buy the house you live in? Didn’t you consider the school options before you bought? My parents did. I did. That was the first consideration- what are the schools like and how far away is it? For you to expect that someone else takes care of your kids is your fault! Own it.
    Second- you don’t state how old your child is, so you’re biasing everyone reading this article to sympathize with you without sharing all the facts. Good job manipulating the masses, but I won’t fall for it.
    Third- The cold and frigid air? Really? These have been the mostly mild winters in the north. That’s why there are those things called jackets and boots.
    I grew up in Lockport and walked to and from elementary school and junior high. In the rain, in the snow and in all kinds of conditions. I carried a book bag with a lot of books in it. It’s embarrassing to hear they cancel school because the temperatures are at 0F. Why not drive your child to school if you’re so concerned? Your child is your responsibility until the school bell rings.
    Fourth- when we walked to and from school we actually had fun doing it. at times it was an adventure. we had snowball fights and had friends to walk together- it was a bonding time. I walked with my brother and it was better. You should feel fortunate to be close enough to walk to school with your child and consider that some people wish they had that opportunity. Join with your neighbors and walk together and strengthen your sense of community instead of becoming more dependent on everyone else and the system to take care of you. It doesn’t and it shouldn’t.
    Fifth- you think school busses are the safest form of transportation? There are issues with the busses to and it’s not necessarily the best way to get to and from school either. The busses are a huge financial drain on the school system, which in turn reduces the amount of money going into the classrooms to educate your child. Between insurance, maintenance, acquisition, fuel and operating costs and paying the drivers there is considerable amount of revenue expended on just transportation. You want to spend the education budget on busses because you don’t want your child to walk?

    It all comes down to you picked where you live and if you didn’t do the research and get the conditions you want for your children then it’s your responsibility. Lockport was a great place to grow up and go to school. The teachers and programs are great. The things they’ve done for the school system are fantastic.

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    • December 30, 2017 at 6:07 am
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      Do you even have kids??? If this child is ever hit by a car or kidnapped what would you say??? Oh well they should have thought of that when buying that house????? Something really wrong with people like you°°°

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      • January 5, 2018 at 4:08 am
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        I sure do have kids. I have to drive them to school every day.

        And I also have friends who have had their kids killed after being hit by a car. They were in the wrong place at the wrong time (not a crosswalk or walking to school) and they should have been taught better by their parents. When I was growing up I learned to not walk or play in the street. Today, I see kids doing that all the time, and being oblivious to the real dangers around them. My kids, like me, learned to look both ways before crossing the street, and stay out of the road- it’s not for pedestrians.

        You also started introducing other emotionally charged arguments like the child being kidnapped when that wasn’t at all part of the article that I’m making comments about. What if they were kidnapped at a mall? Then that’s too dangerous a place and they should have more supervision. By the way, when was the last time a child was kidnapped in Lockport?

        As for something wrong with people like me, well, yeah, from someone that expects the system to do everything for you and take all the responsibility for your mistakes, yeah, that’s not me. You want the system to take care of you, then you’re at the mercy of the system. I choose to do as much as possible for myself and don’t want the handouts. I guess what’s wrong with me is I’m now in the minority of parents that teaches their kids some basic sense of responsibility and personal safety, unlike you.

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  • December 29, 2017 at 11:40 pm
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    Yet I have been told all children in Lockport get free lunch? I am sure many need it and it is very important to those that do but why free to all?? Safe transportation is important too, even more so. This is beyond absurd. Speed limits were lowered in school zones after a child was killed on West Ave. Do we really want to wait for another tragedy before the school board does what is only sensible? My children were also too close to school for a bus, we were able to drive them but that is a luxury and not everyone is able to do that.

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  • December 30, 2017 at 6:02 am
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    There is No reason this child cant ride the bus. Im sure they pay the same amount of taxes as everyone else!!!!

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  • December 31, 2017 at 1:18 pm
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    I absolutely agree with this Moms anger, my grandson is suppose to walk 9/10ths od a mile to Roy B kelly.. i understand zoning and what not but for elementary school ages this needs to be reconsidered

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  • December 31, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    I agree i live in bugfalo 4 blocks from my kids school and a bus goes rite by our street but because we live to close they wont pick up my kids this is crazy and it does need to change. And then if your kid misses school then its something different i walk my kids everyday i am a single parent with no car. 2 weeks ago when it was freezing i walked them then BAM!! My kid got sick. Smh something needs to change esp. In the winter months.

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  • January 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm
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    I don’t agree with this. I can tell by the pictures that this is a kid that is walking from my street/neighborhood to my former elementary school. As someone who made the same walk as this kid, everyday, within the last 10 years, I can tell you that it truly isn’t a bad walk.

    Yes, we don’t have sidewalks but our street is NOT busy AT ALL. Cars rarely drive down it, and most cars that do are people who live on the street and are very aware that there are a lot of kids. It’s not like this kid has to walk down Robinson or Transit or with no sidewalks. The busiest road you encounter on this walk is when you cross Beattie. There has been the same crossing gaurd at Beattie for atleast 20 years now. She knows all of the kids, and she keeps track of who comes in the morning, and then when it’s time for the kids to walk home from school, she will notice if one of the usual walkers hasn’t come through after school. She’ll ask the other kids who come by if they’ve seen that person, just to make sure that that kid is okay and nothing bad happened to them.

    After crosisng Beattie, a MAJORITY of the walk is on a bike path that is meant for the kids who walk to and from school. There are no cars on this bike path! It’s not a miserable walk by any means. As a kid, I enjoyed my walk to and from school! It was relaxing and fun, even in the winter. There would be snowball fights and the like. We would pretend we were explorers. All sorts of stuff that kids should be doing.

    If this mother is worried about her child walking alone, there are plenty of other school aged kids on my street. She could coordinate with those families so all of the kids can walk together. I am even willing to bet there is SOMEONE who she could even carpool with.

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  • January 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm
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    I have to do it every day and 90% of the time the side walks aren’t cleared from snow at all! I have to walk in the street or cross it several times just to get my kid to school. Yet the little girl in the same apartment complex as us gets to ride a bus because of special needs class, (which they walk half the time anyways). There is another boy who walks further than we do because he has to. I’ve done it for 4 years and I just wish they’d bus people under a mile already! Thank you Rosa for speaking out, if you need another voice for our little ones, please message me!

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