Posted: May 12, 2011 9:28 PM by Matt Stafford
Updated: May 13, 2011 7:22 AM
Thursday was not your typical day at Horace Mann Middles School; kids and parents were told a local police officer arrested on child pornography charges had worked there.
"Does that make you nervous?" News First 5 asked a parent pulling up to pick up their child.
"Very; I mean wouldn't you think somebody would actually hire somebody with a good background -- knowing that he was a CSPD officer -- but wouldn't they check into it a little more?" asks Shaun Barcelon, a parent.
"You expect that person to be there to protect your child," says Becky Comstock who has a nephew who goes to Mann and a child of her own that goes to Stratton Elementary next door.
Officer Carrier was a school resource officer last year; he was a part of the students' daily lives -- even volunteering for additional duties.
"The district is shocked, and very disappointed," says Communications Director for D-11, Elaine Naleski. "He was a volunteer at Mann, a registered volunteer."
Rose Eve's son knew Officer Carrier from the wrestling team.
"Officer Carrier was one of the coaches," says Eve. Now she's very worried about what her son has said, and she wants to know more about what was going on.
"All of the sports that he was involved in should be checked into," says Eve.
Springs Police are investigating all of the allegations against Carrier, and are asking anyone who has information about his relationship with D-11 students to contact them.
"Our volunteers are very seldom ever left alone with students; if they are left alone with students we require a background check and finger print," explains Naleski. She says that C.S.P.D. handled the background check on Carrier, not D-11.
Investigations now are little consolation for parents, who are still nervous and now trying to talk about this sensitive subject with their kids.
"They want to trust older people and have their respect, and that's what's scary," says Molina Raner, a parent picking up her child.
D-11 did have counselors and psychologists to work with the kids Thursday. If you need more information on how to talk with your kids about this, contact the school district.
If you have any information for detectives working the case against Officer Carrier, you can call the Crimes Against Children Unit at 444-7808.