Edison to consider denying enrollment to sex offenders, other convicts
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FORT MYERS, Fla. - Fox 4 getting student reaction to a possible policy change at Edison State College that would prevent sex offenders and predators from enrolling at the school.
These are discussions, at this point. The proposed policy must be added to the agenda. And anytime safety is mentioned, students are bound to pay attention.
At Edison, one thing's not okay with friends Misty Garcia and Daisy Gutierrez, two students Fox 4 caught up with at a job fair on Thursday.
"Would you feel comfortable sitting in class with a sexual predator?" Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann asked Garcia. "Probably not," she replied.
She could be. The college has an open admission policy allowing anyone convicted of a crime to enroll in the school.
Gutierrez, added, "I wouldn't like to be in a room with anyone charged with a sexual anything like that."
But that could change. At an upcoming board meeting, trustees may decide to amend the policy to deny enrollment to sex offenders and predators. Automatically denied could be those convicted of crimes like murder, arson and prostitution.
"I think it should be circumstantial," said Daniel Trank, a freshman.
He and some other students disagree. They say each case is different and everyone has a right to an education.
"They should collaborate together and decide whether the crime was intentional and whether or not they have truly changed their ways," explained Trank.
Another freshman, Jacob Flores, added, "I think it depends on the situation the sex offender is in."
So while next year, convicted felons could be banned from campus, Garcia, a sophomore added, "People would feel more safe at school."
These students hope the change won't affect anyone already taking classes.
"I think they should have the right to go to school," said Ashley Patten, a freshman
According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's website one sex offender is enrolled at Edison. If the admission policy changes, whether he could continue to take classes would be up for consideration. The next board meeting is October 22 at the Collier campus at 3 p.m.