Agawam parents concerned about their children’s walk to school

School buses not available in all parts of Agawam

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) –  Many Agawam parents are unhappy with the routes their children have to walk in order to get to school.

Some Agawam parents say that school bus routes need to be re-mapped, so that buses are available in more parts of the town.

One parent of a child who attends the Doering Middle School in Agawam told 22News that he never lets his son walk to school alone, and that he wants to address this issue with town officials.

“I would love to contact the new mayor or whoever is in charge of the town to change the route on this specific road on Main Street,” Frank Nguyen said. “I live right across the street and this road is very scary.”

Parents also said that after the recent death of an 11-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a car in one of the many busy intersections in Agawam, they want to see changes being made.

Incidents like this are why Marie Hutchins walks her grandchildren to school every day, even though their walk is short.

Even with the lady here..I walked here yesterday and somebody went right through,” said Hutchins. “She can’t stop a moving car, that stick does not stop a moving car.”

Parents also want to see buses stop on sides of the street that are less busy so that children aren’t involved in traffic accidents.