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10/22/03

New Policy at Laidlaw

Yesterday we told you about a Chatham County school bus stop located right in front of a registered child molester's house. While there is a law prohibiting sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of any school, there is not a law or policy about school bus stops.

"There is no written policy," said the Laidlaw's Rufus Smith. "No specific guidance other than a person cannot reside with in 1,000 feet of a school, but there is nothing that tells us how to address school bus stops."

Up until the last two months there hadn't been any reported cases. Now that this issue is a major concern, officials at Laidlaw are enforcing a new policy.

"The new policy that we are implementing now as a direct result of this incident here is any and all safety surveys that come in and allude to sex offenders being involved, we will put that on the top of our workload," said Smith. "We'll directly address that and guarantee a quick turnaround on it."

Now that Laidlaw has a new policy in dealing with this specific problem, finding a solution to this problem isn't as easy as it might seem. That's because Laidlaw is not provided with any sort of information about sexual predators.

"We need to open up some dialogue with members of the school board," said Smith. "Possibly get some law enforcement individuals involved, the law enforcement of the school board, and conduct some dialogue so we can directly address how to handle the legalities as well as the arrangements."

If you'd like more information about whether or not a registered sex offender is living in your neighborhood, check the GBI's sex offender database.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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