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Mom upset child walks dangerous path to school

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Memphis mother Laytoyia Hart is questioning why her daughter can't take the bus to her elementary school. Instead her daughter has to walk to school in a neighborhood with registered sex offenders.

"Some bad people learn your routine," Hart said. 'They can find you and get you, easier if they know your routine. Who's to say we would not get snatched?"

Hart told FOX13 News she repeatedly called the Shelby County Schools district to get some help but has got nowhere.

A morning walk to school can be bonding moment for any parent and child. Except in this case, Hart, who talks to her 6-year-old daughter Janiyah about school and how to be safe in case she has to ever walk alone.

Hart has good reason to be concerned as registered sex offenders live between her home and the school and there is no way to avoid them.
"I can't send her to school by herself," Hart said. "You've seen that walk. I can't let her walk by herself. I have to watch my daughter's back. It's a major concern."

Hart invited FOX13 News to walk with her and her daughter to point out the irony.

There is a safer option.

"I want them to see the bus stop because it has to pass my street to get to this bus stop," she said. "Why is my daughter not allowed to ride the bus?"

The predicament for this bright first grader raises a question about the Shelby County Schools' parental responsibility zone policy. The district's website states in part "elementary students living farther than 1.5 miles from school are eligible for transportation."

FOX13 news checked Google maps and the distance from Hart's home to her daughter's elementary school was 1.6 miles.

Hart called the district to complain but didn't get the response she wanted.

"She has to walk. She can't ride the bus," the frustrated mother said.

Perhaps a miscalculation of distance that has Hart walking the walk when it comes to parental responsibility, but talking the talk of an angry parent.

"If they can tell me why she can't get on a bus that passes our house every day, then I will be satisfied," Hart said. "A legitimate reason."

In an e-mail Tuesday afternoon to FOX13 News a spokesman for the school district provide a number for Hart to call about the issue of bus transportation for her daughter.

It is the same she called before.

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