City Of Hobbs Builds Probation Office Near Elementary School

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Seeing a juvenile probation office making its home just a few feet away from Stone Elementary School is causing some outrage.

"There is so much open property that anyone can build anything in Hobbs, so why near our schools? We have a hard enough time protecting our kids," Resident, Doris Chamberlin said.

School officials say parents have been calling the school over concerns for their children's safety of having a probation center right next door to the school.

"I don't know what they were thinking, they need to move it somewhere else. If it has to be by a school, move it further down, but not right next door," Resident, Andrea Lozano said.

Some citizens signed a petition against the building, but it may be too late. Officials already broke ground on the location and has been legally approved by the city.

"We got to try everything. We can't give up. When it comes to our kids, I'll do anything," Chamberlin said.

The Children's Youth and Families Department says the agency will work with the community, but there's little that can be done to stop progress at this point.