Parents Who Criticized Serial Killer Karla Homolka Say Greaves Academy Asked Them to Leave
As Karla Homolka rushed past photographers videoing and snapping pictures in front of Greaves Adventist Academy in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, a woman was pacing behind her, screaming and clapping her hands.
“In the name of Jesus, leave her alone,” the woman yelled at the throng of reporters. “It is written that everyone of us is sinful and we must forgive, because God is a forgiving God. Leave her alone.”
When approached by reporters, the woman declined to comment or to give her name.
“I don’t have nothing to say,” the woman said.
Homolka, who lives in Châteauguay, has been sending her three children to the private, Seventh-day Adventist school on West Hill Ave. just north of de Maisonneuve Blvd. since September. On Wednesday morning, Homolka parked her black Honda SUV in front of the throng of reporters, and rushed inside the school with her three children. On her way back to her car, she used her purse in an attempt to block the view of her face.
Homolka served 12 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter in the deaths of two schoolgirls, Leslie Mahaffy and Kristen French. Her ex-husband, Paul Bernardo, is serving a life sentence for his role in multiple rapes and homicides.
Homolka reportedly supervised kindergarten children from Greaves Academy on a field trip in March. Parents told the Montreal Gazette on Wednesday that Homolka has been seen in the schoolyard with her dog, allowing the children to pet it. Homolka was also permitted into school to show off her dog to the students, and she came into a class to instruct students about knitting. The academy, a private Christian school, was aware of Homolka’s criminal past before she started volunteering there.
Several parents told the Montreal Gazette they became aware of Homolka’s involvement with their school only after a man, who called himself a concerned citizen, passed out leaflets to parents in March. One parent, who tried to raise the issue with the school, was told he would not be welcome back when the new school year starts in September.