Parents concerned about children's bus stop safety

WILMINGTON -- Some parents in Long Leaf Park are concerned about their children's safety at the school bus stop. Since the start of school, parents say the bus has been about 15 minutes late getting to this bus stop on the corner of Morgan Street and Rutledge Drive in Wilmington. This extra wait time troubles parents, parents who are so concerned about safety they asked us to keep their identity hidden. One concerned father said, "I'm sick of seeing all these kids out here at bus stops and knowing what i know goes on out here with drugs, prostitution, drunks, homeless drunks and her getting approached." "a child could get snatched up off the street...uh no telling...get shot in a drug deal gone bad, possibly molested." Even when adults walk their kids to the stop...the danger is still there. A concerned mother said, "We have both been approached, asked what we need, what we want and for how much." Thursday morning the school transportation office told us bus would arrive at 7:56 a.m. It didn't show up until 8:10 a.m. "By the time she's getting to school she's missing at least 20-30 minutes of class, which is a main course for her to graduate high school," one mother said. Because of the activity parents have seen at the bus stop they've tried calling Wilmington Police to ask for more patrols in the area. "I asked him to return my call to get patrol out here or at least talk to me about the situation -- and of course: nothing," one father said. Wilmington Police say they haven't gotten any calls from these parents but if people want to request a patrol they can call 343-3630. As far as the bus -- Director of Transportation Michael Wayne says the buses' arrival times are estimates and may vary during first few weeks of class. He did tell us that starting Friday morning he'll make sure the bus is at the stop by 7:50 a.m. The Wilmington Police Department says if a parent has an immediate concern for their child's safety they should call 911 and get the police there immediately.

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