May 31, 2017: An Adventist elementary school in Montreal has defended allowing a woman to volunteer at the school last March despite her record as a convicted killer.
Karla Homolka allegedly volunteered at Greaves Adventist Academy by supervising kindergarten students on a field trip.
Homolka, whose three children attend the school, also reportedly brought her dog to the institution for students to pet on one occasion.
According to the Montreal Gazette, the school was aware of Homolka’s criminal record before her alleged volunteer work.
When reached for comment by the Montreal Gazette on May 17, the school superintendent Marc Bouzy said the school hadn’t received any complaints about Homolka.
Bouzy said that there was no reason for concern about how the school was run in the community.
The Seventh-day Adventist Church of Canada, which runs the school, told Montreal’s Breakfast Television that Homolka is not a regular volunteer at the school and that she is not permitted to be alone with children.
As public awareness of Homolka’s involvement at Greaves Adventist Academy has grown, some parents of students have voiced concerns.
The Montreal Gazette reports that at least two parents have been notified that they will need to find another school for their children to attend as a result of their comments about Homolka to other parents.
Homolka pled guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of two school girls. She served a 12-year federal prison sentence for the crime.
Paul Bernardo, Homolka’s ex-husband, is serving a life sentence for his involvement in several rapes and homicides.