BOSTON (CBS) — On Thursday morning, a Roslindale grandmother said that she had enough.
“Small children, children in the seventh grade on down to kindergarten, are riding dangerously on Boston Public School buses,” says grandparent Mary Franklin.
Franklin was arrested and charged with trespassing after stopping a school bus. Her 5-year-old granddaughter is a kindergarten student at Conservatory Lab Charter School.
Franklin is upset that there is no one monitoring children between the ages of four and six on the school bus.
“Because of that, my 5-year-old granddaughter was suspended off of her bus two times for acting like a 5-year-old,” says Franklin.
Franklin was arrested in Mattapan and taken to the Dorchester District Court. The judge ultimately decided to drop the charges.
“I’m proud of her. Today’s her birthday and she sacrificed herself,” says Naomi Clarke, the parent of an 11-year-old boy. “I need to keep my baby safe and that’s what she is out here advocating for, our children.”
WBZ-TV called the Boston Public School District and they said there are monitors on buses for students who have special needs. But the school district did not explain anything regarding students without special needs.
A school representative said this is not the first time Franklin has protested the bus. They previously sent her a letter, warning her not to trespass.
But Franklin and now other other parents are pushing forward.
“The entire day, to sum it up, has been very traumatic,” says Franklin. “But it’s also been very fruitful.”