How would you feel if you knew your child would be at school in the presences of a convicted serial killer? For parents who send their children to Greaves Adventist Academy, that’s now become a legitimate reality.
Infamous Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka now volunteers at the elementary school in Montreal from time-to-time, according to school officials.
Homolka is well-known for having played an integral part in a series of murders of schoolchildren, yet is somehow cleared to volunteer in a school full of them. In 1993, she was convicted and sentenced to 12 years in prison for the deaths of two schoolgirls, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, and also for her role in the death of her 15-year-old sister Tammy. She is regularly seen at the private Christian school in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce.
It’s no surprise, then, that the parents of children who attend Greaves Adventist Academy are unsettled by her being in close proximity to their children.
A woman who wished to remain anonymous said that Homolka is at the school frequently dropping off her children — which is fine — but that she also volunteers in the classrooms as well. The woman said that she is not wanted, stating:
“How would you feel knowing that your child is interacting with a person who is a serial killer? It’s not right.”
Many parents have gone to the school’s principal to express their concerns, but nothing has changed, as Homolka is still volunteering. The fact that, by law, it is required that anyone wanting to have regular contact with children in schools is required to pass a criminal background check, makes it even more confusing as to how she was even granted the right to volunteer.
In a statement, the the Seventh-day Adventist Church addressed the concerns many parents had.
“The Quebec Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the administration of Greaves Adventist Academy are committed to providing quality education and enriching learning experiences to its students. While we work through the concerns stated by parents and other stakeholders, we welcome those associated with the school to contact the Quebec Conference office of Education.”
Seventh-day Adventist Church spokesman Stan Jensen told CityNews:
“The school board was fully aware of who she is. She is not a regular volunteer, and can never be alone with any children, either in school or churches.”
“It is protocol for all of our schools across Canada, and most of the world, to do background checks, not only on teachers, but also volunteers as well as clergy. As I said, she is not a regular volunteer. Rarely would she have cause to go into the school, and when she is, she is never alone.”
Homolka lived in Quebec after she was released from prison in 2005. She married Thierry Bordelais, who is the brother of the lawyer that represented her in her murder trial. They have three children of their own.
It isn’t any surprise that parents are calling for the school to do something about Homolka, as any reasonable parent would be concerned about their child spending time with a convicted serial killer. Despite that fact, the school seemingly doesn’t have any plans to prohibit Homolka from volunteering.
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