Walk to School Month Observed in Ward 4

Meridian, Miss.
October is Walk to School Month. The event was emphasized Tuesday in Meridian's Ward 4.

The idea is to promote safety, with students walking in groups or parents walking with their children.

Carver Middle School, Oakland Heights Elementary and T.J. Harris Elementary are located within Ward 4 neighborhoods, so many children don't have to ride the bus.

Newscenter 11 caught up with Councilwoman Kim Houston at Oakland Heights.

"We've probably had 20 or 30 parents participating, groups of youth walking which is always a good thing," said Houston. "That's one of the things we're trying to encourage, is to be safe. Because we never want what happened to the 13-year-old young lady to ever happen again in Meridian if we can help it."

Houston referred to the kidnapping and rape of a teen on her way to school a few weeks ago. She says other than staying in a group, children were advised to not accept rides without their parents' permission, to stay on sidewalks whenever possible, and stop, look and listen before crossing the street.