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YOU ASK. WE INVESTIGATE. Mom worried about bus stop near homeless camp

Posted at 6:51 PM, Mar 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-20 21:51:52-04

A Las Vegas mom reached out to 13 Action News because she said her daughter's bus stop is so dangerous, she carries her gun.

Emilie Owens walks her 6-year-old daughter Morgan to and from the bus stop near Russell Road and Boulder Highway every day. Their family has one car, so she can't drive Morgan to and from school. When they moved to the area, she said it was clear the bus stop was not safe. 

"I was absolutely mortified and my daughter was scared as well," said Owens. 

Owens doesn't like the speeding cars, lack of a sidewalk, drainage ditch, and especially the homeless camp.

"I don't feel safe, and that's the thing for my 6-year-old daughter to say to me, 'mommy this isn't a good neighborhood, I don't feel safe, I don't like being around this area,'" said Owens. 

While we were out there, a homeless man came up to us and asked for water. Owens has even taken to carrying her gun when she drops off her daughter. 

Another mom said the bus stop used to be in a different location when they got a different bus driver. 

"He'd go around the cul-de-sac by our apartments," said Erica Hernandez. "He would do it every single day, no complaints, nothing."

Parents tell 13 Action News they randomly moved the bus stop to a less safe area and won't move it back. 

"I think it is not safe at all," said Hernandez. "I think a kid is going to get hurt. I think it's just not safe for our kids."

When we went back out for pickup Monday afternoon, the bus stopped in the new location about a block away.

13 Action News reached out to the Clark County School District, who claim they were already working on this before we asked them about it. They sent us the following statement:

"We appreciate the parent bringing this concern to the attention of the Transportation Department. The parent concern has been investigated and the determination has been made to move the bus stop.

"A district transportation investigator was at the bus stop this morning, Monday, March 20, to redirect students and drivers so that all are aware of the new bus stop location. An investigator will be at the stop this afternoon to again ensure that students and drivers are aware of the new bus stop location. 

"Students will also be given bus stop change notification forms that should be taken home to their parents so they too are aware of the change.

"The new bus stop is located before Boulder Falls on Russell."

None of the parents 13 Action News talked to saw transportation officials there Monday morning. They said they didn't see anyone from the district come out and address this until we got involved.