Tri-Cities, Wash. - According to a law now in effect, sheriffs have to let school principals know right away if an underage convicted sex offender or kidnapper wants to enroll in school.
Privacy issues do apply, so parents and students would not be told about the convict. Only employees at the school would know of the sex offender.
One father of five current and past Kennewick High Schoolers said he's in favor of laws made to protect innocent children.
Stricter laws for adult offenders are also in effect. If convicted of posessing child pornography, a person has to register as a sex offender. Also, if a convict doesn't register their address with police, they may be jailed for a year.