School transportation safety meeting called after 6-year-old killed



Posted on February 12, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 10:44 AM
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- Wednesday, a New Orleans City Council Committee will meet to take a look at the safety of school transportation in the city of New Orleans.

The meeting comes just over a week after 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was killed while crossing the street to get to his bus stop before school.

It is an issue that every parent is concerned about: their child's safety when going to or coming home from school. While every parent would like to be around watching their child at all times, there are times when this is not possible, and waiting for the school bus is one of them. And, after Shaud's incident, City Council member Latoya Cantrell says a discussion on school bus safety needs to happen.

“People have concerns and I have concerns about school transportation,” says Councilmember Cantrell. “I want to hear from parents, school officials and others. Let’s examine this issue and make sure we are doing everything possible to prevent future tragedies.”

It was a little over a week ago when 6-year-old Shaud Wilson was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Paris Avenue, as he was trying to cross the street with his sister to get to their school bus stop.

Police say 22-year-old Arthur Toledano hit Shaud in and kept driving. Taledoneo is now facing several charges including manslaughter, and fleeing from the scene of an accident.

Several residents in the area have complained about people speeding through the Gentilly area, specifically on this street and at this intersection.

Council member Cantrell has now invited the public, school officials, and representatives from the Orleans Parish School Board, the state's Recovery School District and Louisiana board of Elementary and Secondary Education, to a meeting so that officials can better discuss what can be done to keep children in the city safe.

That meeting will take place Wednesday afternoon at 4:14 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.