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Highland school district and city work to keep students safe

HIGHLAND, AR (KAIT) -

The Highland School District and city are working to keep students safe after a football player was struck by two vehicles Monday night.

An 8th grade Highland student was crossing Highway 62/412 between football games when he was hit.

He was coming back to school after getting food from the Dollar General across the highway.

Police were dispatched to the scene around 5:15 and he was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis for treatment.

According to Highland Police Chief Shane Russell, several local agencies responded to the call, including Highland police, Ash Flat police, Cherokee Village police, and the Highland fire department.

Arkansas State Police were also on the scene.

According to the school superintendent, Tracy Webb, a faculty member called 911 when she saw the incident from the school tennis courts where a match was going on.

Smart911 was used to alert the superintendent when the call came in.

The student is expected to be released from the hospital Tuesday evening or Wednesday.

The school said he has a head wound but no broken bones.

According to the school and police, kids cross this highway all the time after school.

"We have a lot of kids there that walk up and down the road after school and its dangerous," said Chief Russell.

Tuesday morning the school brainstormed ways to keep this incident from happening to another student.

Superintendent Tracy Webb said the booster club has offered to provide food for kids after school.

The school is even considering opening the concession stand earlier to help feed kids and keep them on campus, which Webb said is key.

"They stay after school and stay until their games because their games might start at 5 or 6 o'clock so there is some time there that they have nothing to do and really no where to go." Webb said. "So we think that maybe providing a place for them to go an hangout, sit and have something to eat that would be very beneficial."

The school has also contacted the city to see what can be done about the speed limit around the school.

According to Chief Russell, the mayor is looking into contacting the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department to conduct a study in this area so either the speed limit can be lowered or additional lights installed.

Chief Russell urges drivers to slow down in this area even after school hours and for students to be cautious when near the highway.

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