Parents upset over bus stop in front of home owned by sex offender; District changes stop after News10NBC investigates

Updated: 09/03/2014 5:38 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 4:59 PM WHEC.com
By: Berkeley Brean

After almost a year of battling their school district for a safer bus stop, tonight, parents are the winners. The change they've been fighting for happened after they contacted us and we contacted the school.

The issue was a bus stop in Webster right in front of a home owned by a registered sex offender. A group of parents wanted the bus-stop moved but the District wouldn't do it until today when we called them about it.

“We had a problem with the change in the bus stop and where they put it without being informed.” Jerry Randise was waiting for his daughter after school today. She got off the bus at the new stop. We were first to tell Randise about the bus stop change. “It's odd. I just went in and did not get a call yet. I found out from you that it's been changed.”

The home in question is partly owned by Scott Peckham. He's registered as a Level 2 sex offender.

According to the registry, Peckham lives in Lyons, Wayne County but according to the county clerk's office, his name and the names of his siblings are on the deed to the house in front of the bus stop.

Webster parents have complained about this bus stop here for almost a year. In an email dated Tuesday, the Webster schools transportation director told one parent they investigated and because Peckham didn't live there full time, they considered "the risk to be very low."

But after we called the District about it today, the transportation director wrote this to the same parent, "I have been investigating the situation...I will be making the change you have requested."

The District says it made the change after it discovered one of Peckham's parents still lives there.

A statement from the Webster Central School District says, "The Webster Central School District has continued to investigate parental concerns regarding an existing bus stop on Winfred Drive in Webster, and, as of the end of today, (September 3) the bus stop in question has been relocated. The district thanks the parents who provided information regarding a homeowner near the bus stop in question and have responded by relocating the bus stop. Affected families will receive a new bus schedule in the mail this week."

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