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Sulphur parent concerned with child's commute to school, sex offenders along route

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) -

Rebecca Wilson of Sulphur expresses her concerns for her child's commute to school and registered sex offenders listed along the route.

“So much stuff has changed,” said Wilson. “It's not 20 years ago, it's not 10 years ago and it's not five years ago. Things have changed. More people have moved into the area, more bad people have moved into the area.”

She's referring to sex offenders.

Wilson's son will be a sixth grader at LeBlanc Middle next month and she said he is not eligible to ride the bus because their home is less than a mile away from the school.

The Calcasieu Parish School Board's website state students residing outside a one mile distance from the school via the most direct traveled route are eligible for bus transportation. Students within the one mile distance are required to walk to school or be transported by private means.

Wilson said she doesn't have reliable transportation at the moment so her son will have to walk to school.

Even though it's a short distance, she's still concerned.

“There are bad people,” Wilson said. “I know that this is everywhere and I know whether we lived closer or farther, it really wouldn't matter. My son's 11 and I trust him, but that doesn't mean I trust everybody else.”

According to the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office sex offender registry, there are 12 listed sex offenders within a one-mile radius of Wilson's home. Two of the offenders are located near North Claiborne Street, the route her son will be walking to school.

Denise Wilson, Rebecca's mother, said she's also worried for her grandson.

“I don't want to get that phone call that something’s happened to my grand kids or my great niece,” she said. “It scares me.”

With no bus, Wilson warns her son of the dangers.

“I tell him don't talk to nobody, don't stop for nobody, whether they're slowing down talking to you, if they stop run, go find somebody,” Wilson said. “Ya'll want to protect the kids, protect the kids.”

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