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Mom Shares Potentially Dangerous Walk to School for Elementary Kids

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

"As a parent I do not want my kid to be in danger," said Leah Kelly.

While Kelly is like all parents when it comes to that, she says the Galena Park school district has pretty much blown off her concerns about the walk to school for her 7 and 8-year-old boys.

"Not just my children are in danger it's any child attending Sam Houston Elementary or is outside the line of 2 miles," Kelly said.

To prove her point Kelly showed us the one and only route from her house to the school.

First thing she points out, there's no sidewalks until kids get to the school.

"No there's no sidewalk," said Kelly's 8-year-old son Daniel Hernandez. "We have to walk on the ground and sometimes it feels like you're going to fall in the ditch."

Kelly says she has to walk on the roadway so her boys don't have to.

"I take the risk," Kelly said. "I'd rather a car hit me than one of my children."

Because of industrial businesses in the area there's quite a few 18 wheelers taking the same road as the elementary school students.

"They're actually being courteous to slow down," Kelly told us as a big rig drove by. "That doesn't really happen."

Our camera may have played a part in that.

Kelly questions where the school zone speed limit sign is posted and she makes a really good point.

It's several yards past the street the kids take to get to the school.

She believes the 20 mile speed limit should start sooner.

"There's mornings when them people don't want to slow down," Kelly said.

There's also deep ditches the children need to avoid and loose dogs that have reportedly chased some of the kids.

Kelly could pay for private bus service but she says her finances are limited.

"The people we're putting them on the bus with is not anyone employed with our district," Kelly points out. "It's just a random person who sticks a sticker on their van and calls it transportation."

The Galena Park Independent School District sent us a prepared statement that in part says," The county determines the placement of neighborhood sidewalks, signs and speed limits. We will continue to support any efforts of the county to make the communities of Galena Park ISD as safe as possible."

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