Bil Browning

Fear! Danger!

Filed By Bil Browning | September 14, 2005 1:38 PM | comments

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I just saw the dumbest story I've seen yet about Hurricane Katrina. Several evacuees have fled the ravaged Gulf coast to find shelter in Indianapolis. The people who have lived through the worst natural disaster in American history are scarred and emotionally devastated and Hoosiers have worked hard to make them feel welcome and needed here in our state.

Channel 6 (WRTV - ABC) has a story out though that does nothing but attempt to put fear into the hearts of Indianapolis residents. Their story is about how sex offenders could have relocated to Indianapolis during the mass exodus of New Orleans. Is it really news when something hasn't happened, but could have happened? After all, Republicans could have moved to Indy but you don't see politicos bemoaning the possibility. People with colds could have moved here - passing on contagious germs and such. I, personally, think that this is nothing more than an attempt at fear-mongering at a time when we should all be pulling together to make these new residents feel as welcome as possible.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hundreds of Hurricane Katrina evacuees are now living in Indianapolis, and some plan to stay.

While most are welcome here, there is a small group that may not be wanted.

According to Louisiana State Police, there were nearly 4,500 registered sex offenders living in the 14 parishes hit by Katrina.

Many are now living in shelters. Some could be in Indiana now, RTV6's Tanya Spencer reported.


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AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 9/14/2005 03:10:46 PM

Especially as the things one would do to protect one's children from registered displaced sex offenders are the same things one would do to protect one's children from the ones either convicted prior to the registries, timed out of the registries, or not yet convicted and eligible for the registries yet.There may be other criminals, too. With the disruption of the parole and other parts of Louisiana's criminal justice system due to the storm, there is no way of knowing either way.A heads up that common sense precautions should be taken is wise. Stranger-danger fear-mongering is not.