Students are smart enough to cross open street

Jan. 14, 2013 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 13, 2013 at 7:14 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

As Popeye would say: "I've had all I can stand. I can't stands no more!"

Close De Leon Street so HIGH SCHOOL students can cross the road? Are you kidding me? How insulting to St. Joseph students to imply they are too dumb to cross an unbusy street without being hit by a car. Students at Trinity School (many of whom end up at St. Joseph) range in age from 3 to 14, and they cross Moody Street routinely without being hit by a car. This is right next to the Women's Clubhouse and arguably a street that is busier than De Leon. If pre-kindergarten kids can do this, I would think that ninth- through 12th-graders can manage without incident. Close the street? My mind is still reeling that anyone would think of this. By this perverse reasoning, we should close Rio Grande/59 and Red River Street so the students at UHV can get to school from Jaguar Hall without being run over. Surely, if someone really believes that high school students haven't learned to look both ways before crossing the street, then they must demand closure of these other streets. Or do these same "slow-learning" students suddenly experience an intellectual revelation between their senior year in high school and their freshman year in college and now realize that moving vehicles are to be avoided while crossing the road? Give me a break - and it won't be my leg because I can cross a street without walking in front of a car. Maybe Victoria High School instilled some special powers those many years ago that escapes students at St. Joseph? I rather think not. Get real, folks. These are smart kids and don't need someone to hold their little hands as they walk across the street. Let go. The kids will be fine without closing a street. Tell them to pull their heads out of their cellphones and look right and left. Then if they don't see a moving vehicle, walk across the street. See how simple it is? This is much ado about nothing.

Donald W. Breech, Victoria



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