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Sex Offenders in Public High Schools

Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "We agree with the concern, children in school with other children who have offended, I think its a bad situation, but that's not my call." Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "We agree with the concern, children in school with other children who have offended, I think its a bad situation, but that's not my call."
Becky McIlraith with AISD says, "These students are juveniles, so they fall under the privacy act, so we cannot divulge names, and specific things about it. But we can monitor it and be aware of it, and we can take action to ensure everyone's safe." Becky McIlraith with AISD says, "These students are juveniles, so they fall under the privacy act, so we cannot divulge names, and specific things about it. But we can monitor it and be aware of it, and we can take action to ensure everyone's safe."

Your kids may be lab partners or friends with a sex offender who goes to school with them.

After getting a tip about a registered sex offender playing football for a local high school, we started looking into why juvenile sex offenders are in the public school system.

When a child is found guilty of a sexual offense... The judge can either sentence them to an alternative school or send him back to public school. The judge can make that decision based on age of the offender, age of the victim, and type of offense.

Randall County District Attorney James Farren says, "We agree with the concern, children in school with other children who have offended, I think its a bad situation, but that's not my call."

As far as the school district is concerned, offenders are treated the same as every other kid, allowed to play sports, go to prom, whatever... But that doesn't mean they are not watched closely.

Becky McIlraith with AISD says, "These students are juveniles, so they fall under the privacy act, so we cannot divulge names, and specific things about it. But we can monitor it and be aware of it, and we can take action to ensure everyone's safe."

School officials tell us that they would take the steps necessary to have a sexual offender removed from school if there were continued disciplinary problems.

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