Mum 'thought someone would get killed' in fast food frenzy
CHANCELLOR State College mum Elise Stalder "thought someone was going to get killed" during the school drop-off and pick-up run late last week.
As she was trying to turn into the school campus, students were running out from behind and between cars, making a beeline to the newly-opened KFC, McDonald's and Caltex service station.
One at a time, or even in packs, she said scores of children kept making the dangerous dash, ignoring the safety of a nearby pedestrian crossing with traffic lights.
"I was positive someone was going to get hit," she said.
"I thought someone was going to get killed."
She said she'd seen children with frozen drinks and chips in the morning and in the afternoon an "army of teachers" were stationed along the road, in a bid to stop the flow of students running in front of traffic.
"These poor teachers have now become street security guards," Ms Stalder said.
The mother-of-three said she understood it was an obvious attraction to students, but said it was up to parents to make sure their children were doing the right thing.
University of the Sunshine Coast students Connor Delaney, Luke Kellett and Tyson Alker, all 18, were taking advantage of the nearby facilities, as hundreds of school kids poured into the fast food restaurants behind them on Monday afternoon, some still running out in front of traffic on Sippy Downs Dr.
They said a more direct crossing to access the outlets made sense.
"People will want to get there as soon as possible," Mr Delaney said.
Chancellor State College P and C president Kylie McDonald said a solution would be discussed at an upcoming school travel safety meeting and it was understood the fast food outlets had been asked not to serve children in school uniforms during school hours to reduce the safety risk.