2008-10-03 / Letters

Responding to M. Jones

Dear Editor,

In response to M. Jones' letter, "Driving Over All Ages," that stated that children at the St. Frances school on the first day got an early release, which few people knew about except her.

The school lot is used for parking by many people. Parents, school teachers, people attending church, employees and persons that have business within the school. You write that the seniors decided to go to their meeting early and park in the lot where there were about 500 people. Strange, anytime the school dismisses children they are escorted directly to the buses in an orderly fashion by the principal and all of the teachers and aides. These professionals are always looking out for the safety of the students, they never let them out of their sights until they are on the buses. I'm glad you are able to identify all the drivers who enter that lot were seniors and you were able to read their minds, and know why they were there.

If there were 500 people in the school yard, a driver, young or old, who was stupid enough to try to enter that space would have been stopped by the teachers immediately. You were very upset by what you saw, but you never tried to identify any of the drivers by name or get their plate numbers. Yet you were positive they were seniors. You never went across the street to the school to report your findings to the principal or Mrs. McGee, or report the incident to the 100 precinct. You just went to the newspaper! You also state that during other meetings, you observed that seniors park in the lot. I guess you should know they have permission to do so. Several other groups that have meetings and other events at the school have permission to park there also.

If the principal informs us that on a certain day or time we are not to park in the lot or any other area near the school, we follow that directive and if need be, we make it our business to see vehicles are removed or given summons. It may come as a shock to you to know that the Golden Age Club of St. Francis has been in existence for more than 30 years and seniors have always met on Wednesdays at the school hall. Over the years, the presidents of that club have worked very closely with the school authorities. Maybe you should check vehicle accident records in the area of the school for the past 30 years. I could not find one accident involving injury to a child caused by a senior driver. Maybe you can. You seem to dislike seniors and think they have no place near the school. Let me enlighten you, if it were not for those seniors and their generous donations over many years to the church, there would be no school, church or the lot you think you own.

CHARLES BOYLE

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