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Dozens of people are taking short cuts through school property at Grandview Elementary School in East Ramapo, N.Y.

Some parents are tired of people who they say are illegally trespassing and who say the school district is doing nothing about finally took matters into their own hands

Amateur video features an East Ramapo parent and security guard, who are off camera, warning two men to get off school property.

One of the parents off camera then calls one of the men blind because he says he did not see the security guard

The two men are Orthodox Jews who were walking to their synagogue for the holiday Sukkoth, an observance that lasts more than a week in which most followers do not drive. 

Parents insist that these two men and dozens others are breaking the law by trespassing on school grounds.

Parents also say 20 known registered sexual predators live near the school, and for that reason they don't want anyone who is not affiliated with the school to be on the grounds.

Tony Luciano, a retired NYPD lieutenant and a parent of a former student, and other parents say the school district has refused to help. They say the police department won't do anything, either.

So Tuesday they began an impromptu patrol of their own and tried to keep trespassers off school grounds. 

Peggy Hatton, whose child is in high school, insisted the patrol has nothing to do with religion

The school district refused comment. 

The next meeting is scheduled for October 10. The same parents we spoke to say they plan to once again ask for a "no trespass" sign at the school.

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