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Thursday, November 10, 2005

The People in my Neighborhood

You may be surrounded by sickos and not know it yet. Go to your state Megan's Law website to find out. Every state has their own form of Megan’s Law, the law named after the 7-year-old Jersey girl who was raped and killed by a known molester who had moved across the street without the family’s knowledge. California publishes the whereabouts of convicted sex offenders on a website, where you might even view a few mugshots and the grisly details of your neighbor’s offenses. Enter at your own risk, especially if you live in a dense, urban area or see the world as generally benign.

Knowing where these Lesters live can complicate matters – like school bus routes. These Texas moms are bummed:

The mothers told KPRC Local 2 that their children are forced to walk by the sex offenders' residences because the school district does not provide bus service since they are only 1.9 miles away from the school. The district offers bus service for students who live 2 miles away from the school they attend.

Some of the mothers said it is difficult for them to walk their children to and from school because they are single parents, do not have a vehicle, are taking care of other children or have conflicting work schedules.

Sometimes the safety and simplicity of my own childhood seems like a distant dream.


At Thursday, November 10, 2005 5:32:00 PM, Blogger Erika said...

Amy, there's a slight typo in the link to the sex offender registry...

I did go to the site and found nine registered sex offenders in my zip code, and one of them lives in my subdivision. Those mugshots were seriously creepy.

In this day and age where most people don't really know their neighbors very well, it's scary to think of who might be living just down the street...

At Thursday, November 17, 2005 9:17:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bare-breasted women are soon to be sex offenders in California


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