Parent Wants Bus Stop Moved Away From Sex Offenders
The safety of a child is every parent's concern but what do you do when their school bus stop is in front of a sex offender's home?
Some parents in clay county are facing just this situation. And one Keystone Height's family wants the bus stop moved.
It's a rare day that Cheryl Post gets to walk her two elementary school-age sons to the bus stop. As a working mom she has to send them off alone. This wouldn't be a problem except that the bus stop is sandwiched between two sex offender's houses.
One sex offender was charged with unconsensual sex with a 16-year-old, the other was a crime against a 4-year-old. With all the restrictions against sex offenders, the law is not on the parent's side.
An employee for the Dept. of Transportation for the Clay County School Board said of the sex offender across from the boys bus stop, "He's not what is under the law what is conditional release that requires that the bus stops or anything to be moved."
Post wants to change the bus stop to a place where neighbors can watch the kids, but she's faced one road block after another.
On another call to the Transportation Dept. she asks desperately, "Let me know if we can change the children's bus stop to where they were originally being picked up at instead of across the street from a sex offender."
The former bus driver took it upon herself to work out a deal with the parents to move the bus stop away from the sex offender's house so the children would be safe but now that bus driver is gone.
Now on this drizzly day, Post gets some dismal news from Darlene Mohal, the spokesperson for the Clay Count School Board, "You need to find out from the state is the person was released under a conditional or non-conditional release."
Only offenders with specific paroles are considered a threat, but Clay County law enforcement say that very few ever get the stricter classification.
The Clay County School Board says they will investigate, but for a distraught mother her children's safety can't wait.
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