There has been a very heated debate in Montreal over the last few days. To get an idea of just how emotional this has become requires a bit of background. The person at the eye of the storm is one Karla Homolka, a convicted sex murderer. Well, sort of convicted.
When she was married to Paul Bernardo the two of them raped and murdered three young girls, one Homolka’s younger sister. Needless to say the country was rocked by news of these heinous crimes, however the Crown prosecutor, was concerned that a lack of evidence may be a problem in getting a conviction.
Believing Bernardo to be the main culprit, the crown struck a deal with Homolka whereby she would plead guilty to the lesser charge of manslaughter, receive a twelve-year sentence, and provide the Crown with enough evidence to put Bernardo away for life for murder. People were irate not only when the deal was made known, but when a video later emerged proving Homolka was just as involved in the crimes as was her husband.
Now Homolka has served her time, left prison, married her lawyer’s wealthy brother and, after a time in a halfway house left Montreal for a tropical home. Now she is back. Her kids attend a private Christian school in a residential area. It has recently been discovered that she has volunteered at the school, and has even brought her dog for show and tell. Just a great mother.
Not surprisingly the media have gone into overdrive and have been lurking about outside the school for a glimpse and a photo. People are outraged that this person is involved with children. In response the school issued a statement saying Homolka will no longer be allowed to volunteer with children.
Fine and dandy.
But lost in the frenzy and anger are her kids – innocent children. Is it acceptable to have a phalanx of photographers and journalists, to say nothing of jeering neighbours, waiting for her and her children at the school? While most people rightly call her a monster, there are three innocent children who call her mom.
By all means complain about the situation, but let’s give the kids a break. They will have enough to deal with when they grow up. Or do some of these people think it is fair to try to exact revenge on her children for her crimes? That would be twisted logic at best.
Too many innocent young lives have been affected – indeed snuffed out – in this horrific episode. Shouldn’t we be trying to protect these kids?