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Published February 08, 2010, 10:21 PM

Heated Manvel School Board Meeting Over Sex Offender Policy

Should registered sex offenders be allowed to attend children's school events? That's what the Manvel school board talked about Monday night.

Should registered sex offenders be allowed to attend children's school events? That's what the Manvel school board talked about Monday night.

The discussion got pretty heated as parents tried to protect their children while the school board tried to follow state law that already exists.

Some parents say there's a sex offender who comes to school events. That's why they're concerned.

Under the policy the board approved tonight, a sex offender will be allowed to come into the school if it’s used as a polling place for voting.

Parents who are sex offenders will be able to attend parent-teacher conferences with approval by the school board or any other circumstances that are approved by the board on a case-by-case basis.

Kathy Hawkins, a concerned parent, says, “They're trying, but I don't think any sexual monster should be allowed in a school, not after what he's done, at all, ever. They shouldn't be given that right. They already blew that right a long time ago when they started messing with kids.”

Richard Ray, the Manvel School Administrator, says, “It's a hot topic, but federal law and state law is pretty clear on what schools can and can not do with that. We're going to follow the law right to the letter."

The policy is very similar to the policy Grand Forks currently has.

The school board approved the first reading of the ordinance tonight. Next month they will vote on a final approval.

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