Canadian serial killer Karla Homolka occasionally volunteers at an elementary school in Montreal, school officials have confirmed with CityNews.
Homolka, who was convicted in 1993 and sentenced to 12 years in prison in the deaths of schoolgirls Kristen French and Leslie Mahaffy, and also played a role in the death of her 15-year-old sister Tammy, has been regularly seen at a private Christian school in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a residential neighbourhood in Montreal.
Breakfast Television Montreal has learned Homolka has regularly been seen at Greaves Adventist Academy, where her children attend classes, and her appearance has some parents concerned.
Lily, who didn’t want her real identity revealed, said Homolka not only drops off and picks up her children but occasionally volunteers at the school.
“We don’t want her here,” Lily said.
“How would you feel knowing that your child is interacting with a person who is a serial killer? It’s not right.”
Several sources connected with the school said that on March 22 Homolka helped supervise a group of kindergarten students during a field trip to the Montreal Science Centre.
Lily said many parents have spoken to the school principal but nothing has changed.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the Seventh-day Adventist Church addressed parents’ concerns.
“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,” the statement read. “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.”
By law, before anyone can have regular contact with children in Quebec schools, they are required to undergo a criminal background check.
“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,” Seventh-day Adventist Church spokesman Stan Jensen told CityNews.
“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 following her 2005 release from prison, where she married Thierry Bordelais and gave birth to a boy. Bordelais is the brother of Homolka’s lawyer for her high-profile murder trial. The pair had two more children together.
According to the Canadian Press, she moved to the Antilles to escape media scrutiny in 2007. In 2012, journalist Paula Todd found Homolka living in Guadeloupe.
Last year, Breakfast Television Montreal reporter Domenic Fazioli found her living in Chateauguay, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal.
Read the complete statement from the school below or click here to view it on mobile.