Traffic causes headaches for both Students,Parents


Photo by: Austin Pugh

Students are faced with the challenging task: use the crosswalk or face a Jay Walking fine.

Taylor Brown, Staff Writer

It’s 8:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2012, the beginning of what is to be a different year for Denton High School.

The temperature is slightly over 80 degrees and as parents pull up to the yellow-stricken curb to drop their kids off for school, they’re met by a bundle of assistant principals telling them to keep on moving to the next available spot. This was the welcome students and parents alike got on the first day of school.

A change has been implemented this year; four buses have been picked out to drop off kids’ right smack in front of the school, and that’s not the only change being embraced. DHS and the Denton Police Department have made a collective effort to ticket jaywalkers before and after school; even going so far as to have cops enforcing on bicycles. However, the traffic and congestion on Fulton is all a part of a bigger problem that lies within the parking situation. With over 2,000 students enrolled at DHS this year, not everything is going to go as smoothly as people want transportation wise.

“We gave the students two lots this year, the purple lot, the lot on Linden Street, and we even gave some of the black lot to students,” Assistant Principal, Howard Palmer said. “We can’t allow students to park in the gold lot, it’s solely reserved for teachers and visitors.”

Whenever new rules are implemented, there is almost always some form of backlash, whether it is a couple of students, or in this case, most of the school.

“I honestly think it’s stupid that kids should have to park all the way in the purple lot out near the tennis fields,” senior Serena Stout said. “They’ve given the worst possible parking to the students, and a lot of kids have chosen to park on Fulton and other side streets, making it a lot more difficult to navigate through traffic. It’s all just a mess.”

However, not all students are feeling the pain of having to park 426 steps by the tennis courts, some students were lucky enough to get black lot passes instead of the purple lot passes.

“For me, the parking is great because I get to park in the black lot, which is a lot closer to the school than the purple lot,” senior Aleah Habta said. “I would be mad if I had to park in the purple lot though, I feel like the parking favors the teachers too much, and it was just poorly planned altogether.”

On the other hand, some teachers feel that the parking situation has never been better. One of those being English teacher Mrs. Julie Love. Love talked about the fact that teachers always come and go throughout the day, and if a student happened to take her spot while she was out, she would be pretty upset.

“I would be hopping mad to find someone in my spot, especially if it were a student!” Love said. “Sometimes things come up and teachers have to leave during the day, and I just see it being chaos if we allowed student-teacher parking. Honestly, the parking should favor the teachers more, we have tests, projects, and all kinds of things we have to haul home to grade, and I’m just not sure it’d be fair to us if we had to carry all of our stuff to the tennis courts. I’m not saying that students don’t have their own stuff to carry, but y’all are younger, and I think y’all can handle it better than we would!”

Also if you haven’t been convinced to purchase a parking pass by now, you missed the opportunity to, according to the bookkeeper Mrs. Diana Simpson. As of the release of this issue, they have sold out of all of the parking passes, and everyone who didn’t buy one, has to park on Fulton whether they want to or not.

“The fact of the matter is that we’ve sold out and there’s nothing else we can do about it but to tell students that they have to park on Fulton,” Simpson said. “We under-anticipated the amount of students that wanted a parking pass, and we ended up selling them all!”

Y0u could take the bus to school as an alternative; you may even get lucky enough to be assigned the bus that drops off in front of the school. But this whole situation has caused countless issues for parents, students, and just the general traffic flow. It has angered many parents like Gloria Herron, who has two daughters enrolled at DHS.

“Frankly, the whole situation is stupid and unorganized,” Herron said. “The buses have caused traffic to back up some mornings, making it much more congested than it has to be. Not to mention that after school, when the kids use the crosswalk to get to their cars, the buses are blocking the view of kids. They’re walking out onto the crosswalk creating an unsafe atmosphere for the kids and the drivers. I’ve honestly seen a couple of kids almost get hit!”