A school crossing guard has been banned from working in Lenexa, and the decision has some parents outraged.
Marvin Rose, who has been a crossing guard in the city for several years, made the announcement Tuesday morning on a Facebook page dedicated to him. In a status, Rose wrote that speeding drivers, who were unhappy that he told them to slow down, complained about him to the Lenexa Police Department. The Police Department in turn asked his company, Securitas, a private Kansas City security firm, to relocate him out of Lenexa .
Lenexa Police confirmed the outcome. “We got complaints, from both police officers and the public, that his actions were distracting,” said Lt. Dawn Layman. “He was causing safety issues and that is the bottom line. We were not attacking his personality.” Dozens of parents, who expressed disappointment on his fan page, facebook.com/LenexaCrossingGuard, disagreed. Rose most recently was a crossing guard at Christa McAuliffe Elementary on 83rd St., but previously had worked at 87th Street and Candlelight Lane, near Rising Star Elementary.
Kelly Wornall, who has been driving her children past the 87th and Candlelight intersection for years, said she thinks his banishment from Lenexa is ludicrous. “If I saw someone in a school zone speeding, endangering our school children, I’d yell at them too. Marv doesn’t deserve this treatment,” she said.