|Published:||Oct 14, 2013 9:50 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Oct 14, 2013 11:57 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, FL.--A controversial idea in the works at Edison State College. There is a proposal that the board of trustees will discuss, that will ban all sexual predators and offenders.
In an effort to better protect students, the board of trustees at Edison will talk about banning sex predators or offenders from enrolling in classes.
That includes both on campus and online.
"Just to be safe we should definitely keep them away from schools," says student Ashley Mccarthy.
Some students we spoke with agree and say predators don't belong on college campuses.
"They lost their privilege, they lost their privilege of having that freedom," said Garrette Bailey.
But others argue online classes should be available to everyone.
"Not allowing them online seems a little harsh because that is just them in their house," said Clint Rankin.
The last we checked there was one sexual offender who goes to school at Edison, but he tells us he recently dropped out.
He also feels this is just one more thing that will prevent him from bettering is life and some other students we spoke with agreed.
"If they want to come here to Edison and better their life, I think they should get that chance," said one student.
State law allows Edison College to consider the past actions of anyone applying for admission.
One local attorney feels the policy could deny too many.
"The unfortunate part is--who are we excluding? All sex offenders? That is a pretty wide net," said attorney Scott Moorey.
"On paper they would feel safe, but in real life, I don't know if that would make them be unsafe," said Rankin.
Edison says if the policy is adopted they will treat it as a case by case basis with an appeal process for special circumstances.
The board of trustees will discuss this next Tuesday at their Naples campus.
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