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Child injured near Ballantyne Elementary raises safety questions from parents

With construction near Ballantyne Elementary School, parents want more traffic signals and a crossing guard.
With construction near Ballantyne Elementary School, parents want more traffic signals and a crossing guard. cbolling@charlotteobserver.com

Parents of Ballantyne Elementary students are asking for changes after one child was seriously injured after being hit by a vehicle on Thursday morning.

Paramedics were on the scene and transported the child to a hospital.

The television station WCNC talked to parents who said safety concerns have been raised in the past to school officials, but now parents want more traffic signals or a crossing guard.

However, these changes fall under the authority of the local municipality and not the school district, said a statement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

Construction around the elementary school has caused increased traffic and raised more concerns about student safety. WCNC spoke to some parents who had started a petition for changes. One parent said the construction has made the roads around the school more dangerous.

CMS said they will review the impact of the construction projects on the school entrance areas closer to the opening of school on Aug. 28.

Since the accident, parents have been re-thinking their routes to school and considering driving over walking.

Jamie Gwaltney: 704-358-5612, @jamielgwaltney

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