Note: Just to update, the City Council tonight unanimously passed this ordinance. Thanks to the Peabody Patch for the details.
Hey ACLU, go ahead … make Ted Bettencourt’s day.
Although you don’t immediately think of “Dirty Harry” when you think of Peabody’s affable Mayor, it is good to see him talking tough, and taking a major stand here when it comes to protecting the safety of our city’s kids.
Tonight, the Mayor is expected to get the blessing of the Peabody City Council when he comes before them for a vote on a new ordinance that would ban Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders from areas in the city where kids learn, play, and hangout. It specifically encompasses schools, libraries, parks and recreational areas.
The ordinance designates “Child Safety Zones” around the city, and would be enforced by the Peabody Police Department. It would be up to the police to determine if the ordinance had been violated, and offenders could face criminal charges.
Now, comes the potential dicey part.
There is some concern that the American Civil Liberties Union might step in to try and protect the rights of these non-rehabilitated deviants, and entangle Peabody in some nuisance civil rights violations court case. But, in my mind, this is a risk that’s worth taking. We’re not talking about discrimination here, we’re talking about protecting children from people whose sickness will never be cured. And, isn’t it is the duty of our Mayor to ensure safety for his citizens?
“If they (the ACLU) challenge it, they challenge it,” said Bettencourt in an interview with the Peabody Patch.
Ted didn’t exactly say, “Go ahead punk …,” but he made his point.
The City Council SHOULD approve this 11-0. No debate necessary here.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.