Tulsa Public Schools bus stop of 20 years could change after church says students were unruly

Tulsa Public Schools bus stop of 20 years could change after church says students were unruly
Posted at 8:43 PM, Aug 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-30 22:57:29-04

TULSA -- A Tulsa Public Schools bus stop of more than 20 years could be ending after a local church claims the behavior of students forced the decision.

Everyday around 4 p.m., children are anxious to get off the bus and go head home.

"To not know where your student is going to be at the end of the day, especially when you're working is kind of one of the last things that we need to worry about," parent Trisha Goodman said. 

One TPS bus stops at New Haven United Methodist Church, but that could soon change.

"It's really frightening to think of your kid having to cross Yale at very busy times of the day," parent Theresa Ingram said.

The church says it's because of the students unruly behavior.

"Vandalism to both the playground and equipment as well as other parts of church property," New Haven United Methodist Church Youth Director Patrick Grafton said. "They're lashing out at our teachers and staff with profanities and vulgar language."

As of now, four schools have stops at New Haven, Rogers, Edison Carver and Booker T. Washington.
The proposed new location is LaFortune Park.

"Leaving here to walk to the bus stop to cross Yale in the morning and then being dropped off at Yale in the afternoon and then having to cross again," Goodman said. "If you are ever out on Yale you it's two of the worst times to cross the street."

2 Works For You decided to drive the route. It's exactly a mile from the church.

It's a scary thought for Theresa Ingram since her daughter used to walk a block home. Now, it could be more than a mile.

"You've got distracted walkers and you've got distracted drivers so you've got the kids not looking and sometimes the drivers not looking," she said. 

Parents are wondering what's next as they wait for the change.

The parents showed us an email from the TPS Transportation Department saying the parks department asked to postpone the bus stop change. 2 Works for You received an email from TPS spokesperson saying, "there will be no change." We're checking into the conflicting emails and will keep you posted. 

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