Rogers Park parents want CPS bus stop location moved

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Students in Rogers Park now have to cross dangerous areas- often in the dark- to get to a new school bus stop, parents said.

Tiffany Mikell said she doesn't feel safe letting her 10-year-old boy walk to the bus stop anymore. The walk is now more than a mile from her home compared to half a mile last year.

"It's pretty intense, exhausting and scary," Mikell said. "It increases the time by 30 minutes. We have to cross three major streets with lots of traffic."

For some students, the change in bus stop locations also means walking through gang territory, parents said.

Mikell's son attends Walt Disney Magnet School. The bus used to pick him and other students up at Gayle Community Academy. But now he is be picked up at Eugene Field Elementary instead.

"They have bus attendants that will watch the kids in school. They will let them come inside the school. This school here won't even let them come inside," Jumaanee Rogers said.

About 10 students were affected by the bus stop location change, and parents said Chicago Public Schools has not returned repeated attempts to contact school officials.
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