2009-01-23 / Letters

Why Are Some People Treated Better Than Others?

Dear Editor,

On January 14, at approximately 8:00 a.m., as I was dropping my daughter, who attends PS 114, off at school, I noticed that cars were not allowed to drive up Beach 135 Street. It has been this way since September. Because of this I would drive two blocks away, park my car and walk to drop off my child. I also noticed that there were cars in front of the school dropping off kids. I was wondering why they were allowed to drive up to the school and I wasn't. For several months, I watched and noticed that the school crossing guard was letting certain people through and she would stop to chat with them while letting these parents pass. I said to myself, "I thought cars are not allowed to go down the block." I asked around, since my family is new to the school, and was told that this guard, whose name, I later found out, is Theresa, has been here for many years and she only allows certain people to pass through and drive down the block. I was also told that there is nothing you can do about it because she knows many people and she gets away with this. I don't know, but I think this is discrimination. If this block is closed, it is closed down for everyone, not certain people.

On Wednesday, January 14 it was about 30 degrees so I decided to try to go down the block. I was stopped by Theresa and was told, "You cannot go down this block," and I asked, "Why not?" She said, "Because." I then asked about those cars in front of the school. She told me that they went around her, so I thought she said to go around her, which I did. This crossing guard began yelling at me, cursing in front of my kid, stating that she would give me a summons. She was in my face, my daughter was scared and started to cry. I said, "This is crazy, I can't believe this." I asked her

why she let certain people down the block and she said,

"It doesn't matter; you should not be coming down this block." She also said that people who live on this block and those who go to daycare up the block can drive down the block. I said, "Is that so, you never asked me if my kid goes to daycare, you told me I can't go up the block, period."

I was also approached by a principal, who, along with the school crossing guard, was yelling in an unprofessional manner in front of students. I felt so humiliated and degraded; as if I was an animal. I have pictures of cars and I have plate numbers of several cars that were dropping off kids. I also followed certain cars and watched them go up towards Beach 140 Street, so you tell me is this right.

I am writing you to let you know what is going on. I will also write to the Post and Newsday but thought the Rockaway paper should know how this school discriminates against certain people. I am not a Belle Harbor girl that lives in the Neponsit area, which is why I feel I am being treated this way. I want to put a stop to this. If no cars are allowed down this block then no cars should be allowed to go down this block. Getting this out there will let other parents know that what this crossing guard is doing is wrong. Several parents have complained about her. She has even threatened people while allowing others to drive up the block. What I am going through is a disgrace. Maybe our new president should know that discrimination still exists in our neighborhood.


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