Parents want school bus stops moved due to crime in neighborhood

Parents want school bus stops moved due to crime in neighborhood
(Source: Raycom Media)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Parents in the Gale Acres neighborhood said recent violence has plagued their streets.

Now, as school is set to resume, they are scared about having their children walk to the bus.

"And there's drug dealers right there at the bus stop. And there's no lighting whatsoever." said one mother in Gale Acres, who wished to remain anonymous.

After a woman was shot in the neck early Tuesday morning, several parents reached out to WMBF News, saying they fear for their children's safety.

They want to see the bus stops moved to a safer place. Transportation Director of Horry County Schools, Jim Wright, said there are certain steps needed to make that happen.

"First of all, I recommend that all parents walk their kids to and from the school bus, regardless of the age that they are." said Wright.

Wright added there are several bus stops in Gale Acres, and that he wasn't aware of any shootings until now. He said it is important for parents to call their local supervisor or the Horry County District Transportation office with any concerns.

With school starting up and over 34,000 bus stops to regulate, Wright said children's safety is part of his job and No. 1 priority.

"We encourage the public to let us know if they think a stop is unsafe. It's almost physically impossible for one person like myself to go look at 34,000 stops all by myself," Wright said. "So if they call us, that's what we do. We go out there and take a look at it."

Parents in Gale Acres said there are many changes they would like to see throughout their neighborhood, including having street lights put in and to get rid of crime, but that the first step is protecting their children.

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