Open Campus Creates Dangerous Neighborhoods



My comments are in reference to the school district considering a closed campus for the high school.

The district leaders failed to mention other problems caused by an open campus, like high school students racing their cars up and down the road, or the loud music. The students are often so busy talking to each other the drivers aren't paying attention to the road. My daughter was almost hit by one of them.

There are students smoking on my back hill and taking shortcuts through my back yard. I'm pretty sure it's only 8 or 10 percent of the students, but when do we get our justice -- us neighbors and taxpayers?

I also talked to the principal last week and nobody even let me know about this meeting, even when I asked them to let me know about the meeting they had last week. Well, maybe that's just how Payson schools work ... I guess they really don't care about the people who live around them.

When you think about it, they're our guests here. We're the people who live here full-time. They should act like guests and treat the people who live in the neighborhood fairly.

I notice the racing that goes on and on right past the district office. It seems they just sit in there and turn their heads, not wanting to have anything to do with it.

Parents, you need to come out and see what your kids are doing on their lunch break or on their way to school and after school when they leave. I'm sure you'd be interested to find out that some of them aren't doing what they should as far as following the rules of the road.

Joe Bayless, Payson

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