Despite the recent death of a student in walking to school in New Castle, the Monroe County School Corporation is not making any changes to its transportation policies. MCCSC Director of School and Community Services Beverly Smith said that the corporation is aware of the incidents but choosing to maintain its current programs for students who walk to school.
“We work with students and we work with schools, especially those who are walking to and fro, to make sure that the walk boundaries are clear, that there’s supervision, that there are adults present, and that they will be taken care of on their walks to and from home,” Smith said.
On Thursday, Dalton Hatfield, 11, and Donald Washington, 17, were struck by a car in New Castle. Hatfield was pronounced dead soon after and Washington was hospitalized.