By Luke Moretti
Farther away from a Niagara Falls school
NIAGARA FALLS (WIVB) - They're considered some of the most dangerous sex offenders and now, the state is moving them farther away from a Niagara Falls school before classes resume.
Registered sex offenders and schools don't mix, at all.
- How so? How many sex crimes can you name, that have occurred at a school?
Niagara Falls School Superintendent Cynthia Bianco said, "I didn't think there was that much of a concentration so near one of our schools."
Yet sixteen of them, considered the most serious, had been living at the Midtown Inn in Niagara Falls, much to the surprise of residents.
- Are they really? What is the address and who are they? So we can judge for ourselves!
A Niagara Falls resident said, "I'm ashamed of our city."
- Yes, so am I. Many claim to be Christians, yet are nothing but hypocrites.
And to the Niagara Falls School District, which operates a nearby elementary school on Niagara Street.
Niagara Falls Schools Deputy Superintendent Mark Laurrie said, "That was a bit eye opening for me."
16 sex offenders, listed as level 2 and 3, have now been moved out of the building and placed elsewhere. The New York State Division of Parole which has oversight of the 16 in question, determined that the midtown building violated a city law that bars sex offenders from living within 1500 feet of a school.
- And like California, the sex offender shuffle continues.
New York State Division of Parole spokesperson Heather Groll said, "Of those 16, five of them have violated the conditions of parole and they have been either returned to jail or prison. One has completed their sentence. The other ten are living in various locations throughout Niagara County."
Superintendent Bianco tells News 4 she's pleased that the situation has been resolved only days before the new school year starts, "It's our very youngest children, most vulnerable, who tend to walk through neighborhoods. And that's why it's a concern."
- So why don't parents be parents and either take them to school, or go with them to the bus stop, then this would not be a problem, yet everyone wants Big Brother to protect them, or so they think!
The school district is now forming a task force to help make sure it doesn't happen again. Parents and residents who want to check on where registered sex offenders are living can access computers set-up at schools across the city.
who's running again this year, thinks more needs to be done, "Those type of people don't belong in our community, period. And maybe the laws need to be stricter."
- Yep, more political grandstanding, as expected!
The State Senate passed a bill in 2006 that would have required high-risk sex offenders to be housed in secure facilities located in rural areas.
- Basically prison outside of prison!
A state lawmaker from Niagara County tells News 4 that he plans to resurrect a bill passed by the Senate in 2006 that would place high risk sex offenders in a secure setting, rather than back into the community.
- Yeah, of course he is. He's a politician!
State Senator George Maziarz (Contact) said, "They were actually identified as two state prisons that were slated for closing to house these individuals in a secure facility. That's really what we need."
- See the above picture again!
"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)
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