Toronto Police Stops ‘Dancing Crossing Guard’ from Dancing

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

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Police has ordered the Kathleen Byers, who is adored by many west-end children and parents and popular as the “dancing crossing guard,” to stop dancing at work. Buyers gained popularity in the area due to her unique moves, gliding and swirling in her own way across Dufferin St. with her safety vest and stop sign, supervising students at Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave. public school and Grove Community School on the beat of music from portable speakers.

However on Wednesday morning, police revealed that she had to stop the act, in response to which, Buyers stated that “I was essentially told not to bring my music, not to dance, not to dance without music, and when I asked if I could exercise, just light movement, I was told not to do that as well.” He added that “so essentially I guess they wanted me to stand there, which isn’t me at all.” 64-years-old Byers has been working as a crossing guard for 10 years, while she started dancing for almost four. She boasted that there have been no accidents involving children on her watch, and stated that “I know how to read the road.”

A former fitness instructor and mother of six, Byer, claims that “I’m not a crossing guard that’s sitting on a chair half-asleep and can’t be bothered not to look or cross anyone. I love what I do, so I’m very attentive.” Toronto Police Service’s traffic department has the jurisdiction to station all crossing guards across the city. According to the department spokesperson Const. Clint Stibbe, it is concerned because she was not following proper procedures.

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