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Confusion over transportation had parents worried about Special Olympics

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) -

Some confusion over transportation to the Special Olympics had parents upset.

As of Tuesday, parents and volunteers in Piggott weren't sure how they would be getting to the Special Olympics Summer Games in Searcy on Memorial Day weekend.

A volunteer for the Special Olympics team in Piggott said they were worried about getting all of the athletes to the games.

Parents and former volunteers were upset, not knowing if a bus would be provided to get to Searcy or why they didn't have transportation from the  Piggott School District.

Sara McGuire, special needs parent, said she used to volunteer with the Piggott Special Olympics team and said she just wants it to be fair.

“They should be treated the same with respect and events just like regular kids that don't have disabilities because these kids, God made them this way,” McGuire said. “They didn't ask to be born this way.”

The superintendent at Piggott School District, Charlie Powell, told Region 8 News on Wednesday the school is providing a bus for the Special Olympics athletes.

The volunteers said they are just pleased the students are getting this opportunity and everything is taken care of.

Arkansas's State Special Olympics starts Thursday with the opening ceremonies in Searcy, and the competitions are Friday and Saturday.

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