HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – A quiet community is shaken over a registered sex offender living just feet away from this school bus stop at the intersection of Cronk and Belle Plain drives.
Several parents reached out to 2NEWS, but none of them would speak with us on camera. Our crews went to the neighborhood where that bus stop is located, and Tyler Whited who lives nearby is concerned.
“He’s too young to be in school. I know when he comes out, I don’t think he will be going to that bus stop,” Whited said.
Under Ohio law sex offenders cannot live within one thousand feet of a school, but that protection is not extended to bus stops.
2 NEWS took those concerns to the Huber Heights superintendent, Susan Gunnell, to find out what can parents do if they’re concerned for their child’s bus stop location.
“Those laws don’t even address bus stops because it’s actually the school building. The only thing we can do is if the parent has a concern, we can work with those family’s to try to move that bus stop if we know what that concern is,” said Gunnell.
Gunnell said it is difficult to keep up with the number of sex offenders living near a bus stop because their addresses are constantly changing. She said they do check often, and if one is too close, they will change the stop location.
2 NEWS did some digging and found there are nine registered sex offenders with in a mile from this stop.
Whited said he’s going to keep a closer eye out on his child as well as others from now on.
“Just be with their kids when you take them to the bus stop,” Whited said.