Convicted killers removed from kids' summer camp

Deidra Gary, formerly known as Deidra Lane, in 2009

Saint Augustine's University says Doris Bullock and Deidra Gary are exemplary employees but will no longer run the Kiddie Kollege Summer Camp.

A North Carolina university said Friday that two convicted killers will no longer be involved with running a summer camp for children at the school.

The announcement came after local media reported this week on the criminal pasts of Doris Bullock and Deidra Gary, university employees who helped oversee the Kiddie Kollege Summer Camp.

"The safety of our campus is a primary focus and we are proud of our performance in this regard. Doris and Deidra are exemplary and professional employees. They are productive citizens who make positive contributions to the community. Their work is highly regarded and parents have expressed support for the children’s program," Saint Augustine’s University President Dianne Boardley Suber said in a statement to MSN News.

"While I remain confident in their ability, I have decided to re-assign both employees to their administrative roles at the university. It is paramount to maintain a positive learning environment for the children. We will continue to maintain diversity within our staff and evaluate employees on their merit."

A university spokeswoman confirmed that Bullock and Gary are no longer involved with the summer children’s camp.

TIME BEHIND BARS

Bullock, formerly Doris Braswell, was convicted of second-degree murder in the 1981 death of her infant child, WTVD-TV reported. Until Friday's announcement, she had been running the Kiddie Kollege Summer Camp, according to the TV station.

Jail records indicate Bullock was released in 1993. She is assistant vice president for external relations at Saint Augustine's, working in the office of the president, according to a university staff directory.

Bullock was being assisted at the summer camp by Deidra Gary, formerly Deidra Lane, according to WTVD.

Gary was released from prison in 2009 after serving six years for voluntary manslaughter for killing her husband, Fred Lane, a pro-football player with the Carolina Panthers, in July 2000, according to media reports.

'PAID THEIR DEBTS'

WRAL-TV reported on Thursday that the university said in a statement to parents of children enrolled in Kiddie Kollege:

"Mrs. Bullock and Ms. Gary have both paid their debts to society and are exemplary employees and outstanding contributors to our community."

A call to Bullock's office at the university on Friday was not returned, and Gary could not be located for comment.

Saint Augustine's earlier told WTVD that Bullock has worked at the school for 12 years and Gary, whose name does not appear in the staff directory, has been with the university for about a year.

School officials told WRAL-TV that employees go through background checks and are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety.

According to the school's website, the Kiddie College camp hosts children ages of 5-12 in a variety of activities on and off campus. 

"Staffed by our very own faculty and staff, Kiddie Kollege is sure to be a great learning and fun experience for every camper in attendance," the website says.

 

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