Council Mulls Ordinance Against Sex Offenders on Halloween
Halloween playfully tries to scare you, but the fright of potential harm to children was real at Thursday's city council meeting.
"I want to do anything I can to protect the children of our city," said Tulsa city councilor Jeannie Cue.
Councilors Cue and Moore are looking at a possible ordinance which would prohibit sex offenders from either decorating their homes or distributing candy on Halloween.
"You know, they're not allowed to go to parks, they're not allowed to go to different activities, do we want children to go to their homes?" asked Cue.
"How many children in Tulsa do you know of who have been molested in the home of a sex offender on Halloween?" That, from a self identified sex offender who sent an email to Councilor Cue.
"If someone has a tendency as a sex offender bringing and encouraging children to go to their house, does that increase their temptation?," asked Cue.
"I think that that's a good plan but I don't know how you enforce it," said Tulsa resident Nemar Noulles.
At her home, the jack-o-lanterns are ready to greet an estimated 300 to 400 kids they expect on Halloween. Something that wouldn't happen at the sex offender's home.
"On Halloween, I keep my lights off and we almost never have a child come to the door to trick or treat. I choose not to participate because I do not want to cause undue attention to myself and I wish to avoid any situation which could be misconstrued," read the email.
A spooky issue. Something the city will look at, and Mom and Dad will watch out for.
"At Halloween, or any, even when kids are out trying to raise money for their schools and stuff I just think the parent needs to supervise them," said Noulles.
The council will meet with the city's legal staff in the next few weeks to revisit the issue.