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Dacula residents concerned about students' risky behavior in getting to school

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Source: David Stone Source: David Stone
Source: David Stone Source: David Stone
DACULA, GA (CBS46) -

Shocking pictures showing students who attend Dacula High School climbing over and crawling under train cars just to get to school.

Pictures snapped by David Stone, owner of Ryan's Gun Shop in downtown Dacula show students climbing through and even under freight trains as they come and go from parking spots to attend class. That's because there isn't enough parking spots for all of the students.

Stone says he's concerned about students using non-school sanctioned parking spots near his shop, located inside a strip mall.

"On a dual track system where you never know what's on the other side," says Stone. "It's just dangerous and being a father of four, I think it's time someone stood up and said something."

Stone also has a financial reason for bringing the problem to the attention of school administrators. He says some students don't want to pay the annual $70 fee for parking in a campus lot further from the school. So, many students park in front of his business closer to the school, taking up space from his paying customers.

"They'll just get dropped off here, they get picked up here which is unfair to me as a business owner because here again, they take up all the parking spots," continued Stone.

CBS46 asked Dacula Mayor Jimmy Wilbanks about the parking issues and whether or not the city is considering stricter enforcement for violators. He says he doesn't believe in booting vehicles in the city.

Gwinnett County school leaders do believe in tougher enforcement. A spokesperson tells CBS46 News that they inform students not to park inside the non-school sanctioned spots. They encourage business owners to call the police to ticket and tow the violators.

Business owners tell us it won't work unless the city is on board.

We'll keep you posted.

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