Emergency responders attend to the crossing guard, Esther Acken, who was struck Tuesday morning on Metomen Street in front of Ripon Middle School. 
Emergency responders attend to the crossing guard, Esther Acken, who was struck Tuesday morning on Metomen Street in front of Ripon Middle School. 

   A Ripon teen has been cited with failure to yield to a crossing guard after he allegedly struck a guard with his vehicle Tuesday morning in front of Ripon Middle School.

   According to a police report, a 16-year-old driver was stopped in the eastbound lane of Sullivan Street when crossing guard Esther Acken entered the road with her stop sign. 

   The teen  told officers he thought the guard was motioning for him to turn when she actually was motioning children to cross the road. He then allegedly initiated a right turn, striking Acken, who fell to the pavement.

   Acken was taken to Ripon Medical Center and then flown to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah before being released Tuesday. Family announced via Facebook she was home and resting, and that they were appreciative of the community’s response.

   To cover in Acken’s absense, a crossing guard has been moved from the corner of Griswold and Watson streets, by Barlow Park, to Metomen Street. That other guard’s previous post will be monitored by police.

   According to the school district, “In an emergency or depending on staffing at the police department, there may be times when a police officer is not at that intersection.”

   Parents are being asked by police and the Ripon Area School District to talk to their children about how to safely cross the street when no crossing guard or police officer is present.