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Las Vegas student forced to walk almost 2 miles to school

Posted: 7:43 AM, Aug 15, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-15 11:36:33-04

A parent is worried about how his son will get to school when the Clark County School District says the child can't use the bus.

Even though Eric Goldstein, the father of a teenager, can look over the train tracks and see Desert Oasis High School from the gates of Denali at Mountains Edge, to walk there takes a while. From his gated community, you have to go down South Rainbow Boulevard and cross over using West Cactus Avenue, two very busy roads. In fact, on the very first day of school there was a really bad crash on this exact route.

Goldstein has mapped the distance between his home and the high school several times. They're right on the cusp, wavering between 1.9 and 2 miles depending on how you measure.

CCSD says Goldstein's home is less than 2 miles from the high school and that means they can't use the bus.

The family thinks this is unfair since homes just feet away from theirs are allowed to use the bus and the community shares a bus stop.

"Cars are not obeying the law. Metro is on site. There's people driving on the wrong side of the road, in turn lanes going straight, and it's just absolute chaos," said Goldstein.

Parents are allowed to call the CCSD transportation department and see if they can make an exception, but there are no guarantees.

Clark County says they will have a pedestrian bridge built over the train tracks in fall of 2018.