Bullitt County parents seek change in bus stop for child's safety

The Seay family
The Seay family
Sammy Allen, Bullitt County School Board chairman
Sammy Allen, Bullitt County School Board chairman

By Caton Bredar - bio  | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Parents of a Bullitt County middle school student has asked WAVE 3 for help. They say the road their daughter has to travel to get to the bus stop is long and dangerous, and so far, the county has done little to help. WAVE 3's Caton Bredar attended Tuesday night's school board meeting where the parents made their latest appeal.

"Bus stop can be door to door, on state roads that are 35 mph or more, but yet they're making my kid walk to a 55 mph road," Carolyn Seay told WAVE 3.

It is a long, lonely road according to her parents that 11-year-old Nikki Seay has to walk on, to get to her bus stop.
"We have no street lights, we have no sidewalks, we have no ditches, we have nothing. We have a garbage truck that comes back here, paper boy that comes back here, and we have people that come back here, we don't even know who they are," said Carolyn.

"I'm not scared of the dark or anything, but when I walk down the street it's kinda hard because if I was to get like taken or anybody was on the street, it's kinda hard to scream and anybody hear you," said Nikki.

For more than a year, the Seay's say they have been asking the school board for a change. While it's just over half a mile from door stop to bus stop according to our calculations, it's not so much the distance, the parents say they fear.

"My now seven-year-old, who was six back in May, was almost abducted outside of our house. That's why I feel strongly about it," Carolyn said.

Strongly enough to take their case to the school board meeting. Armed with a home video of their daughter in the dark, at the stop, and several hand-outs made by Nikki, the family made an emotional appeal. Bullitt County School Board members promised to discuss the issue.

"I will say, last year, the state last year, underfunded us in transportation, a million, ten-thousand dollars. Can you put a price on the safety of a child? No, you can't," said Sammy Allen, Bullitt County School Board chairman.

"I'm not going to stop," said Carolyn. "She's mine. I brought her into this world, and no one's going to hurt her."

The Bullitt County School Board says they evaluate situations on a case by case basis and will continue to discuss the Seay's request.