Sheriff’s deputies can’t enforce a new law to keep sex offenders from kids’ bus stops without knowing where those stops are. And local school boards aren’t going to tell them – at least not officially, reports the Athens, Ga., Banner-Herald. The local Board of Education followed the advice of attorneys and the Georgia School Board Association last week, opting not to label school bus stops until courts answer legal questions about the law. The law, passed by the Georgia General Assembly this year, prohibits sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of several places where children congregate, including school bus stops.
Since then, law enforcement and school officials across the state have complained that they don’t know how to implement the bus-stop provision. And until a judge rules in a class-action lawsuit in Columbia County – where sex offenders sued to keep the school board from approving stops – local school districts aren’t taking any chances. “We just need to wait for the court to hear evidence and decide on the constitutionality of the law,” said attorney Terrell Benton. Designating official bus stops now “would just precipitate a lawsuit,” he said.