I’m generally not one to write public letters but I’m so shaken by the events that I saw yesterday that I could not forgive myself if I didn’t make a public plea for the sake of the safety of our children.
While parked on Brooklyn Avenue and Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights waiting for my son after school, I witnessed a scene that is still haunting me.
It was distressing to see just how many of our precious boys were carelessly crossing the main part of Eastern Parkway without so much as checking for cars and just running across without looking.
But what really disturbed me was when I saw two boys just run across Brooklyn Avenue on the 770 side, straight into oncoming traffic. Bechasdei Hashem, the driver skidded to a stop literally an inch or two from these two boys. My heart is still pounding from this near miss.
Parents, teachers and school staff, please implore your children to take care when crossing streets. School this year started early for the boys and if there are no crossing guards as a result, then have a teacher, bochur or request a volunteer parent to assist our precious children to cross the main streets.
Ksiva Vachasima Toiva,