Family members upset after sex offender was caught volunteering at Columbia Elementary

A sex offender bypassed a fingerprinting system at Columbia Elementary School in Redding and gained access to volunteer in classrooms.

Posted: Sep 29, 2021 7:02 PM
Updated: Sep 29, 2021 7:21 PM

REDDING, Calif. - At Columbia Elementary School, parent volunteers are required to be fingerprinted. Superintendent Clay Ross says this system has worked for many years -- that is until a sex offender who was caught bypassed the system.

"He gained access to the classroom and was volunteering which should have never happened. We have protocols in place to make sure all our parent volunteers are fingerprinted. That didn't happen in this case, and so when we were made aware of it we terminated the situation," Superintendent of Columbia Elementary School Clay Ross said.

The Redding Police Department confirms that the suspect's name is Sean Green. Ross says the school takes situations like these very seriously.

"We are still working on what long term things we are going to implement, in terms of single-point access all visitors having to go through the office, instead of having access to the campus without doing so, just figuring out the best way that is going to work on our campus," Ross said.

Meanwhile, Leroy Max has a niece that goes to Columbia Elementary and he says this situation upset and concerned him.

"A little upset and very scared, I guess you can say, just knowing that there is a possibility he could have been alone with my niece, and for the most part there is no way we really know. It's a scary situation you wouldn't want any child to be put in," Leroy said.

Ross tells Action News Now, he has kids of his own and is going to do his best so this situation won’t happen again.

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