Mt. Diablo Elementary Principal Sends Out Message About Tuesday’s Collision

October 31, 2012 9:30 am · 23 comments

The principal of Mt. Diablo Elementary has sent out a message regarding the collision on Tuesday afternoon near the school in Clayton.

As we first reported on, two students were struck by a vehicle on Mitchell Canyon Road while crossing near Four Oaks Lane.

Click on the picture above to listen to the message.

ArtToChokeHearts October 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM

It was a very nice message and I think its great the steps were taken to inform the community. However, I do wonder what steps are being taken (if any) to prevent this from happening again in the future.. (something like a crosswalk, stop sign, crossing guard, speed bumps, etc.). I have read from other Claycordians that it is a common area for children to cross. If this is the case, something needs to be done to protect their safety as they get to school in the morning.

Be careful driving around tonight everyone! Lots of trick or treaters out and about!!

Cowellian October 31, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Little people need to be taught to follow traffic safety rules, and big people need to watch out for little people, especially around areas where there are a lot of little people. That makes sense to me.

Concerned parent October 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

While I appreciate this message from the principal, I think it’s just as important to remind the adults in the community to set a good example for the children. Just this morning, in the exact same spot that the girls were hit yesterday, I had an adult (no child with him) cross in between the traffic right in front of me. Since I tend to pay extra special attention when approaching this area, it wasn’t yet a dangerous situation. But this is something that happens on a daily basis. I know it is probably not as convenient to go up to the cross walk where the crossing guard is, but parents have to start thinking of the “inconvenience” of you or your child being seriously injured.

Jojo Potato October 31, 2012 at 12:01 PM

Very good message. Nice to see the schools using available channels to get out important information like this. And let’s all be very careful tonight with the little goblins running around.

mama October 31, 2012 at 12:27 PM

Adults need to lead the example. People don’t pay attention anymore kids nor adults. While we are on the subject of safety. I have in the last mnth seen on 4 different occasions , kids from pinehollow or near pinehollow standing on the side of the road with their thumbs out trying to catch a ride from someone. They were diffent kids each time. I brought it to the schools attention but, havnt heard anything about it. Parents talk to your kids about this, whether they were jokingt around or being serious this is a serious no no! One of these days they will get picked up by a bad person. Just thought I would share.

Mama P October 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

When..oh when…will ADULTS take responsibility for the safety of their children and TEACH them? It is NOT the school’s fault, the crosswalk’s fault, the lack of crossing guard’s fault….and NO…we will NOT build individual plastic bubbles for each and every child and personally see to it that they are NEVER harmed!!! YOu can build all the crosswalks, lights, crossing guards you want…it will NOT replace COMMON SENSE!! TAKE CARE OF YOUR CHILDREN…THEY ARE, AFTER ALL—Y O U R S!!!

Howard K Mullins III October 31, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Schools teach children that they don’t have to be responsible or accountable for their own actions, the government is responsible. People no longer have to take care of their children, the schools raise the children guided by the mandate of the state and federal government.

The children belong to the state. The state does not care if two are injured or killed, its an insignificant number.

This is how socialism works, I am sure the left is delighted.

mask October 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Mama P, I totally agree with you.

skippy October 31, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Brought back sad memories of a Mt. Diablo classmate of mine 40 years ago who was killed by a gravel truck on that road walking home from school. Be careful tonight kids.

cindy October 31, 2012 at 4:30 PM

There is a crosswalk just a few feet further up the road. This was a sad accident and luckily everyone is ok. There does not need to be another crosswalk put in. There are signs telling pedestrians not to cross there. It is an unsafe place to drop children off. The responsibility lies solely with the parent of the kids who let her kids out of the car there.

anon October 31, 2012 at 4:32 PM

“Little people need to be taught to follow traffic safety rules,”

Its the parents fault for not teaching them

“Just this morning, in the exact same spot that the girls were hit yesterday, I had an adult (no child with him) cross in between the traffic right in front of me.”

I am not suprised at this–you should not bee

Ven Xeter October 31, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Howard K Mullins III speaks the truth.

Antler October 31, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Skippy at #9 ~ ~ ~ Are you referring to the McCloud boy?

anon October 31, 2012 at 7:31 PM

I live in the area, and I do NOT think there needs to be another crosswalk. There is one a few yards up and a few yards down. There is too much traffic on that road during school hours to put yet another cross walk. Unfortunately, and I love the mom this happened too, but she made a mistake. She should have NEVER let her kids out there. I’m sure she is absolutely beating herself up over this but she should’ve walked them to one of the crosswalks or driven through the line and dropped off in the designated area. Or, drop them off on the other side of the school at the bottom of the hill. Less traffic… another crossing guard.

anon October 31, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I know this mom very well and this does not surprise me. And, no, I doubt she Iis beating herself up over it…

Sunfish October 31, 2012 at 10:27 PM

That is so sad–she should be livid!

Lise November 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM

@7 “Howard”

Two kids are struck by a vehicle, and your response is to blame, essentially, society? What happened to all that personal responsibility the “right” likes to yammer on about? Why not fault the mother or the driver for making poor choices, hmmm? I doubt very much ANYONE at ANY level of our governing bodies would read about this situation, toss the paper aside, and go “Oh, well.”

And your comment of “This is how socialism works…” shows a very shallow understanding of what socialism -really- is. Our country has long had “socialist” tendencies; it’s just that lately we have been arguing over how much we should have – not whether to have it (extremists aside).

Perhaps you yearn for an older time, when only the wealthy educated their male children through tutors, usually men of the church; children could be beaten for misbehavior; women and girls had no rights of any kind; if you had money, you and your children could eat, pay for a doctor, have a home, wear proper clothes, have protection from theft or fire – if not, you died. If so, the Middle Ages called, and they’d love to have you back.

And, yes, that last paragraph is meant to be toward the absurd, just as your entire post was.

@Howard November 1, 2012 at 8:18 AM

You ought to observe in a classroom. It’s all about accountability. Schools are not the enemy.

Howard K Mullins III November 1, 2012 at 8:21 AM

@Lise November 1, 2012 at 7:33 AM

You are right, my post was absurd, just as it was intended to be.

Howard K Mullins III November 1, 2012 at 8:26 AM


You are right, schools are not the enemy. It’s voters who elect politicians who create the government that promotes its own omnipotence.

Anon November 1, 2012 at 11:08 AM

People need to slow down near schools. Parents should be aware that Kaiser hands out annual bulletins, that even at age 9-10, kids should not be crossing streets (especially very busy ones) unattended. Dvelopmentally, they are just not there yet in elementary school. If you don’t walk your kids, your children are at a higher risk of accidents.

anon November 1, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Howard is one of the bitter political thread posters who have nothing better to do than sit on the sidelines and complain about everything. He probably never sees the sunshine.

skippy November 7, 2012 at 4:44 PM

@Antler, No, I think the name was Barbie Storm, it was about 1971.

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