Image captured by Mike Thayer's dash camera of kids running in front of cars near Natomas High school, Sept. 18, 2013
SACRAMENTO, CA - A viewer sent News10 a disturbing video taken with a camera on the dash of his car.
It shows kids running across a busy Natomas street illegally and almost getting hit by oncoming traffic.
Even though the video is dated last year, Mike Thayer said he took it Wednesday afternoon sometime between 3 p.m. and 3:15 p.m near Natomas High School.
He was so concerned he sent it to the school and contacted us.
News10 crew went to the Natomas Unified School District and the Sacramento Police Department on Thursday to get some answers.
The video, which was taken at San Juan and Truxel roads, got the attention of the school district pretty quickly and changes were made immediately.
When the final bell rang Thursday, it was a much calmer scene. Instead of students dashing across the street, a school administrator monitored the intersection to make sure they were crossing safely.
A Sacramento police resource officer also patrolled the area and talked with kids.
Students also received a safety message by the principal and teachers in class and their parents received automated messages alerting them of the problem.
Jim Sanders with the school district said it's always been a tough intersection to monitor.
"We have hundreds of kids getting out at the same time, we have multiple lanes of traffic, and a freeway overpass that's coming down. I think anyone who would look at that intersection would understand it's a challenging intersection and that's what we want to recognize, admit and deal with as best we can," he said.
A spokesman at the Sacramento Police Department said citing students for jaywalking isn't always the best course of action. In this type of learning environment, he said their resource officer tries to teach and mentor the kids to do the right thing instead of punishing them.
There was added security at the intersection Thursday, but Sanders didn't say it will be in place every morning and afternoon. He only said the district will continue to keep the intersection on its radar in the future.
Courtney Carlmark, CCarlmark@news10.net