Reported By Jamey Tucker, Video Journalist - bio | email
LEBANON, Tenn. -
School traffic tie-ups have caused dozens of Lebanon High students to receive tardy notices and detention slips.
As a result, those students have to serve after school detention hall or Saturday school.
Sheila Dotson's son Hunter, a sophomore, has received multiple detention notices for being late.
Nashville's News 2 drove the 3.9 miles from Dotson's home before school Friday. The drive took 35 minutes after sitting in a long line of cars dropping students off at the front door.
"One way in, one way out. The car riders and the student drivers, we all go in the same way and we're all battling to get in the same back entrance," Dotson said.
Hunter told Nashville's News 2 he has been tardy seven times in the past month with a majority of the instances due to traffic.
"I actually just got a detention slip, an [in school suspension] slip and a Saturday school slip for tardies," he said.
Dotson said she has taken her complaints to the school board, City Hall and the principal's office.
"Them getting detention and Saturday school for an issue they can't fix. Their hands are tied is what they've told me," she said.
Nashville's News 2 contacted principal Myra Jane Sloane. She admitted traffic is a problem, but emphasized students still need to be at school on time.
"I can't say I'm not going to count you tardy and count you tardy, so I've got to be fair to the students," she said. "I understand that it's been quite an adjustment. I just don't have any other solutions."