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Sex Offenders Living within One Mile of DPS Schools
DAYTON -- Thousands of kids walk to school every day, many of them past sex offenders.
As Dayton Public Schools' fleet of buses prepares to roll out, thousands of students will never step foot on one.
If you live within a mile and a half of your school your kids have to walk to school.
More than 75 registered sex offenders live within a mile of E.J. Brown, Ruskin, Cleveland and Fairview elementaries.
In fact, 116 live within a mile radius of EJ Brown school.
Although offenders living nearby may be unavoidable, your child walking past them doesn't have to be.
"We have sexual predators that we're notified about and they're walking past their homes." Robbin Gay, mom of two elementary aged kids, told us Wednesday.
Gay says her home misses the 1.5-mile mark by inches, but walking is not an option.
"I do my schedule around picking my kids up from school, no. My children are excited to walk but the safety issue? No. I don't feel safe," Gay added.
DPS Superintendent Lori Ward says every school has volunteers to assist kids on their commute, but parents are the first line of safety.
"Be knowledgeable about which way your child is walking." Ward explained. "Walk with your child the first couple of days. You could be walking by an abandoned home with high grass. Walk east to west, south to north. Those are the things we really stress."
And law enforcement stresses you should look up sex offenders online and find out where they live and try to make sure your child bypasses them on their path to school.
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