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August 14, 2006

Lee County-- Another legal challenge to Georgia's new sex offender law was filed Monday. Meanwhile, Lee County school officials are taking steps to protect kids from offenders.

The School Superindent and Transportation Director talk regularly with the Sheriff's office to find out if sex offenders move into an area. They then make changes to ensure children don't even walk in front of those homes as they catch the bus.  For instance, if a sex offender lives on one side of the street, buses will be made to stop on the opposite side.

The Superintendent says that's the best way to keep the kids safe and right now there are no plans to designate official bus stops.  

"Our school bus stops change regularly. We have new children added to our routes and we have children who decide for whatever reason, not to ride the school bus, so it's changing continually," says Dr. Lawrence Roberts.

Dr. Roberts says right now there's approximately 20 sex offenders living in Lee County.

Bulloch County in southeast Georgia did designate bus stops and today a human rights group filed suit to prevent the county from enforcing the part of a new state law that prevents offenders from living within 1,000 feet of a school bus stop.

Last month, a federal judge barred enforcement of the law in the only other county to designate bus stops.

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