Cape Coral charter school investigating teacher
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CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Last month, Kenneth Pearson was arrested for bringing guns on Oasis Charter School's campus.
Now, his estranged wife and middle school teacher, Shay Pearson, is under investigation for allegedly allowing a convicted felon to volunteer at the school.
"I don't want to say it's anger this time, as much as shock," parent Phyllis Bishop said.
A letter Shay Pearson sent to the Lee County Clerk of Courts says her friend, Justin Marecz, volunteered at the school.
Marecz has a lengthy criminal record, from battery to grand theft.
Fox 4 spoke on the phone with the school's superintendent, Dr. Angela Pruitt. She said the city is investigating whether or not Marecz did volunteer or if Pearson just signed off on the hours.
"Would she have the authority to sign off on something like that?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"That's a unique situation. But I would say to you that anytime there is going to be something that involves having a volunteer do anything associated with the school, there would need to be a volunteer form that would need to be completed and go through the proper background checks," Dr. Angela Pruitt said.
"So that did not happen in this case?" Fox 4's Sara Belsole asked.
"The investigation will have to confirm for me whether that occurred or not," Pruitt said.
The letter says Marcez volunteered on August 1-2, a week before school started.
Pruitt said that doesn't make a difference because " if a policy was violated then the piece of whether children were there are not is not what the issue is."
Parent Phyllis Bishop agrees.
"Whether they are there or not there, it doesn't matter," Bishop said.
Bishop said no matter what happened, she thinks Shay Pearson should be held responsible.
"She should have never faked the paperwork or let him be on campus, whatever the case may be," Bishop said.