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School Crossing Guard Beaten, Whistle & Sign Stolen

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What do you get when you help twenty kids cross the street safely outside a school in Florence? A serious beating. According to CBS Los Angeles, a man and a woman have been arrested on charges of beating a crossing guard and...wait for it...stealing her whistle and sign.What the...? The 59-year-old crossing guard tried to stop a black Ford Expedition from entering the intersection to protect the kids she was attempting to ferry safely across. Apparently stopping was not on their agenda, as the couple in the Expedition got out, beat the guard and took off with her stop sign and whistle, all while the children in the crossing guard's care watched.

The crossing guard suffered bumps and bruises, but refused medical treatment.

Have we reached a time when the crossing guards who keep kids safe need protection of their own? Jeez.