Wheelchair-Bound Mom Wants Bus Stop Moved

WILMINGTON -- Cynthia Brown wants to be like other parents who look out their front door and wave goodbye to their children as they hop on the school bus. But her Multiple Sclerosis has confined her to a wheel chair, and in turn, to her home on Eighth and Wooster streets. And that means she can't watch her kids navigate sidewalks near dangerous intersections on their trip to the bus stop.

She's concerned that something could happen to her children, especially her 7-year-old son, who takes medicine for Attention Deficit Disorder.

"If my eyes is not on him, and he's walking around that corner, anything could happen to him," she said.

Brown's 6- and 7-year-old are supposed to meet the bus at Eighth and Queen streets to be taken to Alderman Elementary. Instead, Brown has been relying on the help of friends to drive her kids to school, as she begs the school and transportation department to alter the route.

She hopes they'll change the stop so she can see her children from her front door.

Brown says she hasn't sent her kids to the bus, because when they go around the corner, she can't see if they're safe. And while she has asked for help dealing with the problem, she feels no one is listening.

"They basically told me that they could not change the bus schedule for two kids," she said.

The transportation director tells us exactly that. He says they try to put stops at central locations, and the stop at Queen Street serves nine children coming from all different directions.

Plus, he says, having a bus stop on Wooster - a one-way-street - would be extremely dangerous.

Brown says her complaints really come down to protecting her kids and their future.

"The most important thing is that two little kids get their education," she said. "To go to school - that's the most important thing.

She hopes that work will begin soon for a ramp at her home, so she can watch her children wherever they may meet the bus.

Reported by Joe Keiley