Pupils protest after their lollipop lady is hit by car

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Pupils protest after their lollipop lady is hit by car thumbnail Lollipop lady Aveen Killen (centre) pictured with principal Margaret Ryan and Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick during the protest

MAYOBRIDGE school children formed a roadblock last week in protest against vehicles speeding through the village, writes Barbara Boyd.

Assisted by the PSNI, pupils from St Patrick's Primary School took the stand against speeding after their lollipop lady, Aveen Killen was struck by a car and needed medical treatment.

Children stood in the middle of the road and shouted "Stop! Slow down" at cars who were temporarily blocked from passing along the Newry Road.

Ms Killen said: "I fear for the kids. I think there is a real need for more traffic calming measures in the village." P6 pupil Megan who witnessed the accident was delighted with the roadblock.

"Ms Killen does a great job getting us safely across the road but people need to slow down, they are going too fast." Councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick whose daughter is a pupil said: "Dangerous driving is putting people's lives at risk, especially the school children in the village. We won't tolerate speeding in this village anymore. The maximum speed is 30mph, that's a maximum not a minimum."


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