CHULA VISTA — Parents in one Chula Vista neighborhood say they fear for their children’s safety after learning registered sex offenders are living near their elementary school.
“I have no words, no words — very scary,” said a mother of two who called FOX 5 after getting a letter sent to parents telling them 13 registered sex offenders are living near or within walking distance of Feaster Charter School on Flower Street.
The woman said she fears for her own safety for going public with the information and asked FOX 5 to hide her identity.
“Now my little one says, ‘Mommy it’s scary to go to school,’” she said.
According to the Megan’s Law website, which allows the public to search for registered sex offenders in their neighborhood, one of the 13 offenders has faced child pornography charges in the past and lives just down the street from the school.
“I’m just shocked, because they didn’t tell us earlier,” she said.
Registered sex offenders have recently gotten some leeway as to where they can live. In March, a Supreme Court ruling lifted some of their residency restrictions, ruling unconstitutional a portion of a voter-approved law prohibiting sex offenders from living near schools and parks. Since then, many have been allowed to move near a school if they can prove their need for housing.
“We are very upset with the effects of this law,” said Anthony Millican, Spokesperson for the Chula Vista Elementary School District.
“We are working with the Chula Vista Police Department to see what are our options,” said Millican.
A workshop to inform parents about the changes in the registered sex offender law and how school officials plan to deal with the situation will be held at the school Friday morning.