Then why don't you be a parent, and walk with them, or take them to school yourself! Stop blaming others for your problems, and stop trampling on others rights, unless your rights are eradicated as well. The Constitution guarantees everyone equal rights, and doesn't say you have a right to know who lives around you, or the right to force people from their own homes. These laws are unconstitutional! Many studies have been done which prove, where someone lives has nothing to do with if they will commit a similar crime. STOP BELIEVING THE FEAR-MONGERING from the media & politicians. Taking a different route does nothing, and your kids are more likely to be hit by a car than some "molester" harming them!
By Allison Brown
TOLEDO - Victoria Szymanski, a South Toledo parent, said it's too dangerous for her kids to walk to school because more than 200 sex offenders live nearby.
Depending on the route her children take, she knows several sex offenders live nearby.
Szymanski doesn't want her kids walking through shady neighborhoods. One of her children attends Jones Junior High School and her other children attend Walbridge Elementary.
"I was very upset," she said. "I just kept thinking about her safety and all the different child molesters and sex offenders she would have to walk within that stretch."
Although it's a lot of exercise, she's not risking her family's safety. Szymanski walks with them when she can.
- Good, she should be doing this. Teach them self defense. Educate them, etc!
As an alternative, Szymanski tells her daughter to take a different route to school sometimes.
"She has to walk down the (Anthony Wayne) Trail, and then take the Collingwood (Boulevard) exit, and cross busy roads," the concerned parent said.
The walking route, though, isn't necessarily safer either since there's plenty of traffic along the Anthony Wayne Trail.
The mother of three said she's at a loss without Toledo Public Schools transportation. Walking to class for students is the most likely option because of June's budget transportation cuts.
In addition, the option to ride TARTA isn't in the budget. Szymanski also believes riding TARTA is not the safest.
"They would expect you to pay $40 a month and transfer downtown," she said. "With the early morning winter hours, I don't want her downtown in the dark."
The school district is expected to receive $7.6 million in federal funds from the recently-signed Jobs bill. TPS School Board President Bob Vasquez is hoping to focus on transportation with that money.
Szymanski said the funding can't come soon enough.