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Voluntary traffic cop may have to resign

The morning traffic jam leading to Farragut Intermediate, Middle and High schools is a mess.

Larry Danner, band director for the middle school, has voluntarily stepped into the middle of the chaos to direct traffic. Danner must be using his best conducting skills, because he has received accolades in recent “presstalks” published in farragutpress.

But Danner said he’s “trying to quit” his no-pay, impromptu job because of legalities.

“You’re supposed to be trained and certified to do this,” said the veteran teacher. This year four different officers have dealt with the problem, Danner added, but currently no one is filling that position.

The shortage of security officers is the problem, said Steve Griffin, chief of security for Knox County Schools system.

Danner arrives at work about 7:20 a.m., and said he has tried to help on 20 to 25 different occasions.

“There must be at least eight hundred to a thousand cars trying to get on campus,” Danner said. “The biggest traffic load is seven-twenty to eight o’clock. People get very upset with the school because of the traffic tie-up. I went down there to help with the situation,” he said. Danner said a trained security officer, arrives at 8:05, in time for the influx of middle school parents.

Griffin said he admires Danner for what he’s doing, but doesn’t encourage it.

“We do have some [teachers] that stand in parking lots and driveways on school property and regulate traffic flow. They’re on our property and we’re assuming liability anyway.”


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