SOUTH OZONE PARK, N.Y. (WPIX)—Too close for comfort -- that's what some parents in South Ozone Park, Queens are saying about a shelter near P.S. 124 that is home to dozens of convicted sex offenders.
It's called the Skyline Shelter and it originally opened as a city shelter for families. But it was eventually converted into a shelter for men that is now home 30 sexual predators. It is less than two blocks from the elementary school.
"I'm very worried. Even the park is only two blocks from there and he can't go there and play in the park because you never know. You could be sitting there and playing and the next thing you know the kid is missing."
There haven't been any sexual assaults or reports of inappropriate behavior so far but there has been concern about men wandering around the school.
A check of records shows the 30 convicted sex offenders are living there out of about 175 residents. The people that run facility say they have 24-hour security and van service to take residents to their various appointments,
Parents held a meeting about the problem Tuesday night where they claimed no one told them they were changing the shelter. Now they say they are afraid and can't let their kids walk to school alone.
Nicole Russell told PIX 11, "It only takes a second for them to snatch a kid and run."