LA MESA, Calif. - School might be out, but one local mother's fight for the safety of students at Avocado Elementary has just begun.
Arlene Bonifacio said the Safety Patrol program at the La Mesa school is putting the program's student volunteers at risk because there is no adult supervision during set up operations in the morning.
Safety Patrol is made up of volunteer students who help other students cross the street before classes begin in the morning.
Bonifacio said while there is adult supervision from 7:45a.m. onward, there is no supervision during set up which begins at 7:30.
She's concerned for the students' safety as Fury Lane is known to be a very busy roadway.
Bonifacio's daughter is a soon-to-be fifth grader and was selected to be part of Safety Patrol for the upcoming school year.
During her training in late May, Bonifacio witnessed several days in which the students went unsupervised, while carrying large, heavy cones on the outer edges of the bike lane along Fury Lane.
She said she also witnessed several cars zip quickly past the students, regardless of it being a 25 mph school zone.
After voicing her concerns to several school officials including Avocado Elementary's principal, Bonifacio said nothing was done.
Bonifacio was also shocked when the principal, Gail Boone, called to inform Bonifacio her daughter was removed from the Safety Patrol program because of Bonifacio's concern over her daughter's safety.
Bonifacio was outraged, calling it an act of retaliation for speaking up.
On Tuesday, Bonifacio and a couple of concerned parents addressed the Cajon Valley Union School District board members and called attention to this matter, stressing a deadly accident could result in the lack of supervision for the students.
The board said student safety was of utmost importance and advised Bonifacio Superintendent, Dr. David Miyashiro, would be meeting with the mother to further discuss her concerns.
Ms. Boone with Avocado Elementary was not available for comment.