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School board to decide where student sex offender will take classes

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Board members of the Iowa City Community School District will meet soon to decide where a student sex offender will take classes.

The meeting is required by the state and will be held in a closed session, meaning the public will not be able to attend.

Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, a federal law, district officials are required to withhold most information about the situation including the name, the building where officials will be place the student and the exact criminal offense.

"If a student makes a mistake like that, they certainly deserve a second chance," said Mandi Bozarath, a mother with four children in the district. "My initial response is that every child in the Iowa City School District deserves the right to an education."

A quick search of Iowa Code shows people convicted of offenses in all three tiers of the sex offender registry are crimes that include indecent exposure, forms of abuse, sexual harassment, among many others.

According to the Iowa Sex Offender Registry, there are 5,815 registered sex offenders across the state, 48 are living in Iowa City.

Bozarath says knowing a student within the district is a registered sex offender makes her a little nervous, but she trust school officials.

"We have to trust our school district and the officials that we have in place there to make the right decision for that students and all the students," said Bozarath.

With her dad nearby, 13-year old Esther Nishiwme says this is not sitting well with her.

"I don't know, what could that student could do to us," said Nishiwme, a student in the district. "If they don't know how to act and like manners and stuff, a private school is a good place to go."

 

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