Monday, February 3, 2014

VA - 13News Now Investigates: Sex offenders near school bus stops

Oh the horror!
Original Article

02/03/2014

By Nick Ochsner

VIRGINIA BEACH - A 13News Now investigation has uncovered hundreds of registered sex offenders living just hundreds of feet from school bus stops.

Our investigation began after Jennifer St. Martin found a registered sex offender living right across the street from her son's bus stop in Virginia Beach. She was shocked to find that on the Virginia State Police's database.

Her shock turned to outrage when school administrators told her they would not move the stop.

The director of transportation for Virginia Beach Public Schools, David Pace, said there are simply too many sex offenders living near school bus stops to change where children gather and wait for the bus.

Instead, Pace said, it's up to parents to make sure their children are safe as they wait for a ride to school.

"We look at this as a partnership with the parent. the safety of that child is the responsibility of the parent, the school bus driver, the school personnel and our transportation staff," Pace said.

Monday night at 6 p.m. on 13News Now, watch what happens as we plug 100 sex offender addresses into the Virginia Beach school bus stop finder.

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