GREEN BAY- Area parents Monday afternoon expressed shock to learn that people who may have had contact with their children had been arrested.
As parents picked up their children at Helen Keller Elementary School this afternoon, many were still confused: Unsure just whom was arrested, and what they were accused of.
"Over the phone the school system and superintendent sent out voicemails," said mom Danielle Euclide.
Parents say that pre-recorded call made them ill at ease Monday afternoon.
"That's all we pretty much were told. An ongoing investigation and not exactly what the investigation was for,” said Jenny Martin, as she picked up her son.
As parents picked up children from school, Jason Gehrke appeared in court.
Parents say they think the school could have been more specific in its message, including how Gehrke was employed, and what he might be charged with.
"It’s very scary. I have a seven year old at the school right now and I have no idea what's going on,” Martin said.
Other parents say they were relieved to find out Gehrke wasn't their child's teacher.
“I don't have a fear that anything was done to my children or to any of the children in this school. So, I wasn't severely fearful,” said Euclide.
Green Bay Area School District says parents should be reassured that the district has safety on their minds.
“We have a very rigorous background check for all new employees as well as our volunteers. We take this very seriously,” said Superintendent Michelle Langenfeld.
Human Resources Director Jane Marsch says the district is looking into whether Gehrke used his work computer to commit any alleged crimes.
“We will be conducting our own internal investigation, yes, and I would anticipate that it would include that thoroughness,” said Marsch.
Parents we spoke with say they trust the school district's judgment on who has contact with children.
"I have four children all of them have gone through this school and I have no concern whatsoever. I am very fond of all of the staff in the school,” said Euclide.
The Green Bay Area School District says it continually reviews internet safety policy with students and parents.
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