Convicted killer Karla Homolka to no longer volunteer at Montreal elementary school

Violet Powell
June 3, 2017

A private Montreal elementary school is moving to quell public fears following media reports about Karla Homolka doing some volunteer work there.

At the time, Homolka told investigators that she was husband Paul Bernardo's unwilling accomplice to the crimes.

Homolka and her ex-husband, Paul Bernardo, killed Ontario schoolgirls Kristen French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14, in the early 1990s.

Homolka was released in 2005 after serving her full sentence and has since settled in Quebec. She has been seen at Greaves Adventist Academy in Montreal, and parents at the Christian school were alarmed to find out she was allowed to help out on a field trip in March.

"The school board was fully aware of who she is".

A spokesperson for the school said the convicted killer is "is not a regular volunteer and can never be alone with any children, either in school or churches". "How would you feel knowing that your child is interacting with a person who is a serial killer?" one parent told CityNews.

Homolka and Bernardo pretended to ask her for directions before Bernardo attacked her from behind and forced her into the vehicle at knifepoint.

"We don't want her here", Lily said.

Canadian Serial Killer Karla Homolka Volunteers at Elementary School Like It's NBD

Karla Homolka reportedly volunteered at a primary school in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, according to a report by Breakfast Television and CityNews news. "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".

She pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of French and Mahaffey.

"In the name of Jesus, leave her alone", she yelled at the throng of reporters. On Wednesday morning, she parked her black Honda SUV in front of the photographers, and rushed her three children inside the school.

Tim Danson, a lawyer for the French and Mahaffy families, said on Friday that Homolka has not shown a "scintilla of remorse or contrition".

"The school has been here for a long time and we have never been involved in anything contrary to the proper norms of the students", school superintendent Marc Bouzy said in a May 17 statement.

"When I first read the (leaflet), I thought it was a hoax", said Andy Maraj, whose daughter attends Grade 3 with one of Homolka's children.

The fact Homolka had moved back to Quebec with her husband, Thierry Bordelais, was confirmed in October 2014 by her younger sister Logan Valentini during testimony at Luka Rocco Magnotta's high-profile murder trial. He was declared a "dangerous offender", which made him unlikely to be released from prison, and so it baffles his victims' families why he had a parole hearing date set.

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