Palm Beach Gardens parents are concerned about a sex offender near a bus stop

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Parents are upset with a situation at the Bak Middle School bus stop on Military Trail and Elm Avenue in Palm Beach Gardens.

They say they are not allowed to park in the grass and keep an eye on their children before and after school when the bus picks them up.

On Monday they say they were ticketed by Palm Beach Gardens police.

"I feel like I am doing something wrong and I am a rule follower. I do everything I'm told to do. The whole thing is very stressful," parent Sandra Abraham said.

According to the sheriff's office, the sex offender lives about two blocks from the bus stop.

State law requires sex offenders live more than 1000 feet from a public school bus stop.

According to the parents, the bus picks the students up on Elm Avenue about a block off of Military Trail.

That location is under 900 feet from the registered sex offender's home.

"I am shocked," parent Katy Hettinger said.

Hettinger says she is not only shocked that a man convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with a victim under 16-years-old lives so close, but also shocked they are not allowed to pull into the grass and keep an eye on their kids.

"Nowadays you don't just leave your kids. You don't just abandon your kids. You don't expose your kids," parent Jeanine Antonell said.

Palm Beach Gardens police said late Tuesday afternoon they would reverse all of the tickets the parents received.

They say the children's safety is their top priority and they will be going to the area where the bus stop is with a city engineer on Wednesday to look for a solution.a

A Palm Beach County School District spokesman says the district is considering moving the bus stop and is investigating the situation.

According to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, the sex offender in question is in compliance with all of their checks.

The parents say they are concerned because they see him walking by when the children are getting on the bus, but they say he never bothers them.

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