Laval teacher takes leave of absence after parents protest
Parents believe teacher is married to Howard Krupp, who was recently arrested for stalking children
An elementary school teacher in Laval, who parents believe is married to accused stalker Howard Krupp, has taken a leave of absence.
A small group of parents gathered outside Hillcrest Academy elementary school for second time this week, demanding she step down.
The parents learned Tuesday morning that she did not come in to work.
"I'm glad that she's gone but I won't be happy if she comes back. I'll be very upset," said Carmela Furfaro, who has a 6-year-old son at the school.
Another parent, Esther Mordehay, said if the teacher comes back to work, she won't be bringing her son in to school.
"We're pulling our kids out of school. That's what I'm doing. I know a couple of other mothers are probably doing the same thing," she said.
Parents protest after a man is arrested
Parents in Laval say they are certain that a man who was arrested last Wednesday outside Hillcrest Academy is accused stalker Howard Krupp.
Laval police confirm they did arrest a man near the elementary school in Chomedey, but would not confirm his name.
“The person was in breach of certain conditions from a previous file, so he was arrested and given the paperwork to appear in court at a later date,” said Laval police spokesman Franco Di Genova.
Krupp was charged in November with criminal harassment, after he was accused of following children in Kirkland home from the bus stop.
In 2001, Krupp pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography after police seized thousands of images from his computer.
Krupp recently told CBC he received a pardon for those charges.
Parents who have children at Hillcrest Academy say they hope the school board asks the teacher to resign.
"Parents are concerned and they're very scared,” said Sophie Tasci, a mother of two boys at the school.
Tasci said she knows Krupp’s wife and thinks she’s a good teacher, but parents are worried Krupp may show up at the school again.
The school board refused to comment, but confirmed a teacher has taken a leave of absence.