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Marcus Duffy, son of Laura Hoskins, was amongst the protesters on Monday stating their opposition to the 1.6 km family responsibility zone. A courtesy stop trial is taking place inside the zone but more protests are possible.
Marcus Duffy, son of Laura Hoskins, was amongst the protesters on Monday stating their opposition to the 1.6 km family responsibility zone. A courtesy stop trial is taking place inside the zone but more protests are possible. - Frank Gale

Laura Hoskins, organizer of a protest at St. Thomas Aquinas School over the 1.6 km busing issue, said it’s just trial and time that will determine her group’s next step.

She said parents have received a letter from the school regarding a designated courtesy stop for Port au Port East, a location she believes is not suitable for everyone.

More than 20 protesters held a peaceful demonstration Monday by stopping buses headed to St. Thomas Aquinas School to get across their concern on the 1.6-km family responsibility zone.

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Hoskins said over the next few days, parents will take the time to try the new courtesy stop.

She said some students are walking to this stop while other parents are still using private vehicles to get their children from their homes to the new courtesy stop because of distance and location.

Hoskins said the stop seems to be working for some students, but about five students need a drive to the new stop

She said all parents have been encouraged to use this stop and everyone's feedback is important to determine whether the changes will be sufficient.

Hoskins said the courtesy stop was actually planned for early September but wasn’t put in place. She said it was their protest on Monday that triggered the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District to try and resolve the issue.

Hoskins said only three stops were needed to accommodate every student.

“They've granted us one additional courtesy stop, which I personally believe is in the middle of nowhere with no use to anyone, and left us needing just one more,” Hoskins said.

She said a meeting for further discussion among parents will be held in the near future.

Hoskins said in the event the courtesy stop proves to be insufficient, more demonstrations and protesting will take place.

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