Update: Dad Goes To Court To Allow 14-Year-Old To Drive To School

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A Polk County, Iowa judge postponed a hearing scheduled for Friday concerning a dispute between a father and school district over whether the man's eighth-grade son can drive to school.

District Court Judge Robert Blink declined to hear arguments in the case of Robert Stephenson and the Saydel Community School District. Blink wants Stephenson to have an attorney.

Stephenson had requested an injunction against the district, which stopped his son and three other eighth-graders from driving themselves to and from Woodside Middle School in Des Moines.

Iowa law says a student must be 14-and-a-half years old to get a school permit that allows limited driving. Stephenson says his 14-year-old son is mature enough to drive. District officials say allowing eighth-graders to drive creates safety concerns.

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