• Families want bus stop moved away from strip club, liquor store

    By: Amy Napier Viteri


    ATLANTA - Family members concerned about a school bus stop next to a liquor store and strip club want Atlanta Public Schools to move the location.

    The bus for Crawford Long Middle School students drops them on Connell Avenue at Metropolitan Parkway next door to a package store.

    "And then you've got a strip club over there? These kids don't need to be exposed to that. They already know enough," complained Felicia Travis.

    Travis’ 11-year-old niece, Tianna Hall, rides the bus.

    Tianna told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri at least one of her classmates has already shown interest in the nearby businesses.

    "She said she wanted to be a stripper, same thing they're doing over there. She said she wanted to get money,” Travis said.
    For Travis, safety is also a concern. She pointed to students walking home along Metropolitan Parkway.

    Some kids tried to hurry across the busy street instead of walking to an intersection.

    "Nobody cares," Travis told Viteri. "I mean, what is it going to take? Some child to get hit by a car?"

    She said the bus should let students off at Cleveland Avenue, closer to an apartment complex where many students live.

    In a statement, APS spokesman Keith Bromery said, "APS Pupil Transportation is aware of that situation and is looking into relocating the bus stop, which is routine when parents bring issues regarding bus stops to our attention."

    Travis said she wants that to happen before a child gets hurt.

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