UPDATE: Roanoke City Schools sent WFXR News a copy of the robo call that was made to Lucy Addison parents and guardians on Monday.
Here is what it said:
This is Robert Johnson, principal of Lucy Addison Middle School. I have been in close contact with Central Administration since Friday’s unfortunate accident involving one of our students at the intersection of Orange Avenue and 5th Street. I am calling to let you know we plan to take the following actions:
The School Resource Officer will be stationed at Orange Avenue and 5th Street before and after school. The School Resource Officer will be there until a crossing guard can be secured for the intersection. All students who live across the street above Orange Avenue are assigned a bus stop. Please encourage your student to ride the bus. If you have any questions or concerns, please call me at 853-2681
A crossing guard has been added at a busy Roanoke intersection where a girl was hit by a car.
The incident happened Friday morning at the intersection of Orange Avenue and 5th Street NW, which is near Lucy Addison Middle School. Parents we spoke with later that day said they were frustrated kids had to cross the intersection without any help.
The new crossing guard was at the intersection Wednesday afternoon for about 30 minutes as school let out, helping kids get across Orange Avenue.
“It was something I was concerned about already,” said Linda Smith, whose granddaughter attends the middle school.
Smith said she’s hopeful a crossing guard will make a difference and discourage students from jaywalking.
“It makes the kids realize that they’re supposed to cross the street there instead of running across in between the different red lights,” she said.
Others said they believe the crossing guard will make drivers pay attention.
“They need to learn to slow down ’cause you have to protect the kids,” said Doris Wilson, who picks up her grandson from the middle school.
Wilson said she is happy to see a new crossing guard added but would like to see even more of them around the school.
“They need one up here on the hill, and in the area where the cars come, one down there next to the pool,” she said.
Wilson said she hopes more supervision will help prevent another child from being hit.
“I hope it’ll improve things, and things will get better than what they were,” she said.
The girl who was hit last week has some broken bones but is expected to recover, according to police.
WFXR News has tried contacting the district spokesperson and superintendent to see if the crossing guard has been added permanently and if more crossing guards will be added near the school. They have not yet returned multiple e-mails and phone calls.