A community in New Jersey is standing behind a crossing guard who was suspended for two days because she didnâ€™t follow the chain of command.
Gina Bowne, whoâ€™s been a crossing guard in Runnemede, New Jersey, for 16 years, said she decided to do something after snow piled up outside of Bingham Elementary School on Jan. 25 following a blizzard.
â€śNone of the corners were cleared off,â€ť BowneÂ told WTXF.
â€śThe streets were terrible,"Â she added. "It was a hot mess for parents to drop their children off.â€ť
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Bowne decided to text Runnemade mayor Nick Kappatos to inquire about snow removal â€” something she reportedly shouldnâ€™t have done.
â€śI sent him a text at 9:22," she said.Â "22 minutes into my work day. And I got suspended for 2 days for doing that."
She subsequently received a letter informing her of the suspension.
â€śI understand I broke the rules," BowneÂ said.Â "I'll be the first to admit it. But I think in those circumstances it was OK to break the rules. I don't feel I should be punished for it."
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The mayor said Bowne should have known the right person to call, but she told reporters that her boss was off that day so she wasnâ€™t able to follow the chain of command.Â
â€śMy first thought was the kids' safety,â€ť she said, according to Newsday. â€śI called who I thought would get it done the fastest."
The town of Runnemade said in a statement that there areÂ â€śspecific procedures employees are required to follow to report situations they believe may constitute a threat to the health, welfare or safety of the general public or themselves," WTXF notes.
A petition in support of Bowne is expected to be presented to the borough council.