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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -
Jenifer Cooper was arrested for shoplifting in November. Desma Willis was convicted of weapons charges tied to a Mexican drug cartel in December. Lewis Gregory was arrested for drunk driving and drug possession in January.
All of the above are Huntsville City School teachers in trouble with the law.
"We have employees that have been indicted, convicted, and sentenced before the board was even aware of it," said Huntsville City School Board President Laurie McCaulley.
That explains why the school board is proposing a new policy that requires an employee to report in a timely manner if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime.
"We have about 3,000 employees, so we depend on our employees to be honest with us," said McCaulley.
While the penalties won't be any different if an employee self-reports their run-in with the law, it will build trust with school administrators and put parents at ease.
"Because they are teachers and school employees, they are held to a higher standard," said McCaulley.
But in the end, she said it all boils down to a matter of safety.
"They are professionals. They should know with everyone watching the news today and with all the safety concerns, they need to understand this is just one more measure we are taking to make sure everyone is safe in our facilities at Huntsville City Schools," said McCaulley.
The first reading of this policy will be during the school board meeting Thursday night. There will be a second reading at the next meeting before a vote is taken.