Children's bus stop located in front of sex offender's house - - Jackson, MS


Children's bus stop located in front of sex offender's house


Another school year is upon us and for thousands of kids, that means riding the bus.

But one dad noticed something that he calls scary about his daughters' new stop.

James Yager was shocked and angered after he found out his 11 and 12-year-old daughters' new bus stop was located in front of a sex offender's house.

"Being a parent, I don't want to put my kids at risk. And I know that no parent out there would want to put their kids at risk," says Yager. "It was not only just a sex offender, it was a sex offender that had committed a crime against a 13 to 15-year-old."

Yager feared his girls would have to catch the bus on the first day of school at that stop. He was equally puzzled when he visited the Bay City public schools transportation department's website.

"The law states that a sex offender can't live within a thousand yards of a school, but yet they're sending these kids to a sex offender's house to catch the bus. It doesn't make any sense," says Yager.

He says he contacted the transportation department last week, but nothing changed. That's why he contacted TV5.

TV5 reached out to the department's interim director hoping to find out if this were an oversight or if it knowingly located a bus stop there.

Over the weekend, TV5 received this statement:

Most of our bus stops have been established for years. We add delete or change stops upon request and within reason.

The statement goes on to say that the district investigates and moves any stop near a sex offender, once all families using that stop are notified.

The district will move the bus stop to a different location.

No matter what district you're in, check your kid's stop address in the sex offender registry.

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