CMS makes changes to bus stops following student's death

- Changes are coming to several bus stops in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg area following the tragic death of a student waiting for the bus.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools released a statement Friday stating that they would be making all bus stops along Youngblood Road as "right side of the street only stops."

The move comes after numerous requests for bus stop changes around the location where 15-year-old Zoe Alana Deen, a student at Olympic High School, died. Deen was struck and killed by a car last month as she was walking across a busy, dark Youngblood Road to get on the bus.

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In addition to the changes on Youngblood Road, CMS Transportation said it was also altering some school bus stops in the Southern Trace, Montreaux, and Creekshire communities.

Here is the full statement from CMS:

School bus safety is extremely important to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The CMS transportation office works diligently to provide safe transportation for more than 127,000 students who ride school buses daily. After internal review and in response to requests for bus stop changes around the location of the recent tragic event on Youngblood Road, CMS Transportation has taken the following steps to protect safety of students:

Changed locations for some school bus stops in the Southern Trace, Montreaux and Creekshire communities.

Designated all bus stops on Youngblood Road as right side of the street only stops.

CMS Transportation reiterates to all families and students that students should only board school buses at their assigned stop. Schools will notify affected families of any change to their child’s stop as route changes are finalized.  Questions or concerns about CMS Transportation they may call 980-343-6715 or access the transportation department’s website. 

Note: CMS is unable to provide specific school bus stop locations as a safety and security measure for students at those locations.

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