A private Montreal elementary school, which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, says it won’t allow anyone with a criminal record to volunteer in any capacity on school grounds. Karla Homolka had occasionally volunteered at the school, including supervising a field trip and bringing her dog into the classroom to interact with children.
The church issued a statement yesterday, although it didn’t mention Homolka by name, it did say “heard and listened to the concerns of parents and members of the community uncomfortable with recent reports in the media.”
Quebec media captured images of Homolka using a purse to hide her face Wednesday morning as she dropped off her children outside the school in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grace neighbourhood.
A spokesman for the church told media earlier this week that Homolka was not a regular volunteer and was not allowed to be alone with the children.
Homolka and ex-husband Paul Bernardo were convicted of crimes related to the rape and murder of two schoolgirls, Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy. Homolka struck a deal with prosecutors where she served 12 years in prison for manslaughter while Bernardo was convicted of murder and is serving a life sentence.
Homolka was released in 2005 after serving her full sentence and has since settled in Quebec.
story credit: London Free Press
photo credit: Montreal Gazette/Dave Sidaway