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Parents Mad About Sex Offenders on School Parade Route

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A couple in Detroit says that their son's school, P.D. Graham Elementary, put the boy in danger when a school parade route led the kids through an area where sex offenders live, reports Click on Detroit.

When mom Elizabeth Dunham found out that her son's school was going to host a parade Tuesday for students in its accelerated reader program, she cross-referenced the route with the state's sex offender registry -- and discovered that two registered sex offenders live on the parade route.

She and her husband then sent the following e-mail to the school principal:

As the educators, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of the children that attend your school. I fear this is not the case. I cross-checked the parade route with a listing of registered sex offenders in the area. Is it really your intention to parade the children in front of the homes of pedophiles? I, for one, will not stand for this. I refuse to let my child take part in such egregious activity. Nor do I plan to keep this information from the other parents. Please contact me with a solution for this dilemma.

When school officials saw that the Dunhams' son was present at school before the parade, they allowed him to participate in it -- and the Dunhams are FURIOUS. But school officials say it was simply a matter of miscommunication.

School administrators also insist that the parade was safe. "Local streets are shut down; a fire truck actually leads the parade, and a police officer in a patrol car ends the parade," Wayne-Westland Deputy Superintendent Charlotte Sherman told WDIV. "The teachers and the children all participate, and it's just a wonderful celebration of reading."

Do you think the parents are overreacting ... or do they have a right to be mad?


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