Archive for Friday, February 3, 2006

Crossing guard returns waves in subdued way

February 3, 2006


The wave is back, sort of.

Sharon White, the school crossing guard in the Prairie Park neighborhood who was asked last week to stop waving to passers-by, has begun waving again, but in a more subdued way.

This week White could be seen giving small waves at the intersection of 28th Street and Kensington Road - but only to people who waved at her first.

White's constant waving was the subject of controversy last week in Prairie Park after a resident called to complain that it was distracting to drivers. After her city supervisor suggested that she stop, she obeyed, but about 50 parents and students rallied near her intersection last Friday to support her.

White declined to talk about the issue on Thursday and said the city had asked her not to speak publicly about it anymore.


Rhoen 12 years, 2 months ago

The First Amendment can be waived, but crossing guards' appendages may not. Very interesting.

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harryk 12 years, 2 months ago

She couldn't be nearly as distracting as the fools who dress up like Uncle Sam and the Statue of Liberty and wave at traffic on 23rd Street and Iowa Street.

kumatt 12 years, 2 months ago

Complete nonsense. If I wasn't originally from Lawrence I would think this story was made up. In Olathe, our crossing guards wave at EVERY car driving by. It draws attention to the fact that the driver is passing through a SCHOOL ZONE and should SLOW DOWN. I would bet this resident that complained would be very quick to sue the school district and all crossing guards if her child were hit by a car and would state that the crossing guard was at fault for not doing his/her job of drawing attention to the school zone and getting cars to slow down. Sharon, wave like your life depends on it -- or at least the lives of the children you are helping to protect!!!

bankboy119 12 years, 2 months ago

Of course the city asked het to not speak about it. Lawrence is run by morons.

Confrontation 12 years, 2 months ago

Really, this is an old story that needs to be retired. Nothing new or exciting.

badger 12 years, 2 months ago

begins Cobbler CUONTDOWN

What will he save today?


Andria Platt 12 years, 2 months ago

I would like to meet the moron who called in the complaint! What kind of narrow-minded, bitter, small individual would get upset about a friendly gesture like a wave. My suggestion to him/her "get a life or get a new one!"

Rhoen 12 years, 2 months ago

Given increasing number of drivers I've seen talking on cell phones, watching DVD's as they drive - and even one witchy-looking black-haired woman who was driving along reading a book! - it seems that someone distracting the drivers' attention back to a roadway full of kids and cars would be a GOOD thing!

KansasKel 12 years, 2 months ago

Those pesky crossing guards are always waving those big red signs with the white letters around,'s so distracting! Perhaps we could complain about that, too. (((rolling my eyes))) It's just downright ridiculous that someone would try to be friendly! WHAT WAS SHE THINKING???

zebra_wench 12 years, 2 months ago

When I saw Sharon wave and smile it made my day. Keep on smilin' and waving. Far more people enjoy it than don't. Thanks for cheering up our days.

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