|Updated: 4/26/2013 6:22 pm
||Published: 4/26/2013 4:29 pm
A Broken Arrow woman with a disabled child claims she was told she can't park in the handicapped spot at Oak Crest Elementary School.
In a story you’ll only see on FOX23, Sharon Phillips looked into the issue and what’s being done to stop it.
The woman says she was told she can't park in the handicap spaces because they are right in the middle of the school bus loading zone and she was blocking the flow of traffic.
Her doctors never thought she would make it to the age of four, but little Jannessa is proving them wrong. She has a rare disease that causes her to be deathly allergic to carbs and sugar. She's not able to walk and has the mental capacity of a three month old.
“She is actually the first recorded case of that specific strand, so of course doctors don't know too much about it,” her mother Jonica told FOX23.
Jonica suffers from scoliosis and getting Jannessa to school at Oak Crest Elementary each morning is a task in itself.
The handicapped spaces are right in the middle of the school bus loading zone, “I have been waiting until all the buses are out of my way so that I can pull up into the handicapped parking spot."
That is until she said the school told her on Thursday; she can no longer park there.
“The receptionist confirmed that I was not permitted to park there even though I have a handicapped parking-permit clearly visible in my vehicle."
Visibly upset, she filed a complaint with the district. They apologized and told her she could still park there.
“There are some challenges there that we're looking and navigating in terms of the traffic flow and available space," but that doesn't solve the problem.
She says it's dangerous to unload her handicapped daughter in the middle of a bus zone.
FOX23’s Sharon Phillips went to the school to see if there was a solution.
"I've asked them to revisit our parking spaces and look at them to make sure we're in compliance with building code," said Randy Craven with Broken Arrow Public Schools.
Until that happens, Jonica says she is forced to continue taking her disabled child out of the van in the middle of a bus zone.
The school says the safety of its students comes first and if they see an immediate issue they will work to fix it. Because the school wasn't ADA compliant in the first place, all of the students will be moved to another building next year to allow the Oak Crest building to be brought up to code.