McKeesport mom upset, says kids asked to walk more than a mile to school



McKEESPORT, Pa. -  A McKeesport mom said she and her children were waited for a school bus that never showed up and the school district told her the kids now have to walk to school.
“They were like, ‘Oh, there’s no bus.  They’re walkers,’” said Angel Israel.
Last year, Israel’s children, ages 5 and 8, were bussed to their charter school.
Channel 11 drove the route they’ll have to walk to Propel McKeesport.  It was 1.3 miles and included busy intersections.
“I think it’s a  hazard and safety risk for a 5-and 8-year-old to walk 32 minutes,” said Israel.
The McKeesport School District is responsible for the transportation sand said only children more than 1.5 miles away are bussed.
Pennsylvania Coach Lines does the busing.  As of Wednesday night, no comment was issued.
Israel said because of her own schooling and her husband’s job, they can’t walk with her kids.  Her only option is to switch to another school farther away that includes busing.
Channel 11 has learned six children were affected by the changes.