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Witch Hunt Mentality Equals A Win For Registrants

Because of a hysteria driven, over-zealous mother, the New York State Senate recently passed legislation that prohibits placing school bus stops in front of the homes of registrants.

Some may call it a “win” for this witch-hunting mother and others like her.

I prefer to look at it as a “win” for the registrant.

Do any of us really  want a school bus stop directly in front of our house?

Who wants that noise and ruckus outside your window at 7 A.M. and again at 3 P.M. five days a week?

This over-reactive mother apparently contacted the state senator’s office when she realized that her 6th grade daughter’s school bus stop was located next to the home of a Level 3 registered citizen. (The irony of this story is that the initial bus stop which the mother complained about was in front of a Level 2 registered citizen’s home, when the mother contacted the transportation department they immediately changed the location, which then happened to be next to a Level 3 registrant’s home.)  Oh yes, we registrants are out there living amongst the rest of society and unless you are a hysterical fear monger who feels the need to look at the registry to know exactly where we live, you’d never even know we were there.

What had this mother so scared that she had to turn the placement of a bus stop into a 3 ring circus?

The original Oneida Dispatch article fails to mention anything about the offenses of the Level 2 & 3 registrants whose homes were at issue.

Were their offenses against children?  Even if they were, these registrants had obviously been held accountable and were now free citizens (well, as free as registrants get I suppose), living in a home, minding their own business.

But apparently none of that was important. Just mention “registered citizens” and “children” in the same sentence and NY Senator’s get right to work doing what they feel they must do to keep children safe. (If only they were that quick to work on registrants issues.)

NY Senator David Valesky commented that “many children are at bus stops unsupervised for periods of time in the morning and the afternoon, and a school bus stop in front of the home of a registered citizen needlessly puts children at risk.”

OK Senator, where’s your evidence on this? When was the last time a kid was abducted while waiting at a bus stop, by a registrant? Facts sir, we’d like to see the facts you are basing your decision on.

I think if parents worry about their kids being “unsupervised” at bus stops, don’t leave them there “unsupervised”, stay with them until the bus comes, there are plenty of parents who do that.

Children waiting at school bus stops can be abducted by anyone passing by in a car, they can be innocently standing there and hit by drunk drivers who jumps the curb, they can be beaten and bullied by other children, they can get hit by stray bullets in drive-bys.  A million bad things can happen to a child waiting at a school bus stop, a million things that have absolutely nothing to do with registered citizens or the homes they live in! 

As witch-hunters do, this mother went on social media and worked people into a frenzy getting 1,700 of them to sign a petition to “make sure future bus stops are located in safe areas.”

Safe areas? Hmmm.  In today’s world, where children are being shot inside public schools that these buses are transporting them to and mind you, not by registered citizens, but by their own peers, where exactly are these safe areas this mother thinks she has secured?

I understand this mom wants her child to be safe, all parents want that, but this mother is sadly mistaken when she says “As any parent would, I needed to ensure that my child would be safe each day.”

Nice idea mom, but there’s no “sure” thing, not today, not tomorrow, not any day.

Was there ever any actual  “risk” to this woman’s child or any other child waiting at these bus stops before this woman stirred the pot of social panic?

Her misperception that her child was somehow being put at risk by waiting for a school bus in front of a registrant’s home, was unfortunately just her own imagination run amok.  Since most of these type of offenses against children are perpetrated by someone they know, someone in their own home, this mother should be more concerned about those possibilities rather than about registrants she doesn’t know. Those who were minding their own business just trying to live peacefully in their own homes.

But let’s call this a “win” for those registrants who may just want to sleep-in some mornings and not have to listen to the mindless chatter and shenanigans of children waiting at a bus stop in front of their homes.

I sort of hope they put the bus stop in front of the mother’s house.



4 thoughts on “Witch Hunt Mentality Equals A Win For Registrants

  • I see this as a WIN because most law makers would force the registrant to move away from the bus stop. This law makes the bus stop move and allows the registrant to stay in their home as it should be to be constitutional. Many registrants are forced to move because a home daycare opened up down the street, by an unconstitutional law that should be repealed and if they want to have a replacement law than let them write it so that a home daycare license is not issued within the required distance of a registered person. Would it not be a WIN for all on the registry in Florida if the law were changed to prohibit schools, parks, day-cares, school bus stops, children’s attractions, etc from being placed within 5000 feet of any registered persons home, rather than the current prohibition for them even having a home. I am fortunate that I bought my home in 1998 and am grandfathered. Here if I had bought my home in 2000 then I would be forced to move because the school bus stop that for a decade was located 1/4 mile away and all 3 of my kids had to walk to catch the bus, was moved to directly in front of my house the year after my last son graduated. Maybe they thought this would force me to move but they didn’t know that I bought in 1998 and the law grandfathers that and allows me to stay.
    Another registrant just 2 houses down the street from me was forced to move because he bought his house in 2001, which was not covered by the grandfather clause in the otherwise unconstitutional law. See also

  • Wm.G Thomas-
    Just to clarify, the article is not in support of residency restrictions, nor in any way does it suggest that children would be unsafe if around registered citizens.
    Until the laws change, sometimes it’s what we perceive as a “small victory” that gives us the motivation to keep working toward the goal. While I see this as a “win”, I respect your right to see it differently.

  • William G. Thomas

    I beg to differ with your opinion that this is a win for registrants. Saying, “let’s call this a “win” for those registrants who may just want to sleep-in some mornings and not have to listen to the mindless chatter and shenanigans of children waiting at a bus stop” isn’t so much of an ironic win as it is a combination of “Get off my lawn” combined with tacit agreement with the oft-repeated and statistically false assertion that we are unsafe around children at any point. If anything, all you’ve done is support residency restrictions like those in North Carolina, New York, California and other places that were struck down.

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