DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office School Crossing Guards, Lucero Perez and Carl Turner play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. They help children safely cross the street at key intersections of Hwy 17. They also remind drivers of the presence of pedestrians. The presence of our crossing guards can lead to the parents feeling comfortable about their children walking or bicycling to school. While the primary role of our school crossing guard is to guide children safely across the street, children also remain responsible for their own safety. In this manner, a crossing guard plays another key function — a role model helping children develop the skills necessary to cross streets safely at all times.