St. Aug's defends convicted felons who run kids program

Posted June 27, 2013

— Two employees who work with young children at St. Augustine's University in Raleigh are convicted killers, court records show, but the university is standing behind them. 

Doris Bullock, who works as an assistant vice president at the university, was convicted of second-degree murder in Halifax County in 1981. Her assistant, Deidra Gary, shot and killed her husband, Carolina Panthers player Fred Lane, at their Mecklenburg County home. 

She was convicted of manslaughter in 2003. 

The women both work with Kiddie Kollege, a summer school program for children ages 5 to 9. 

Though several parents told WRAL News on Thursday that they had no idea about the women's pasts, the school said it was aware of their criminal history. 

"Mrs. Bullock and Ms. Gary have both paid their debts to society and are exemplary employees and outstanding contributors to our community," the university said in a statement to parents of children enrolled in Kiddie Kollege.

St. Aug's officials added that employees go through background checks and are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety. They did not suggest that any change would be made to Bullock or Gary's employment, but did say they are talking with legal counsel about how to move forward.


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  • shortcake53 Jul 3, 2013

    One of them killed her own child and now expects to be trusted with someone else's?? Ya, right. NO amount of "time served" will fix that.

  • samr Jun 28, 2013

    Fred Lane may have been abusing his wife and she may have killed him in self defense

    That what the convenient defense put up by her defense team and since Fred wasn't around to defend himself, it worked. She is a cold-blooded murderer who blew away an unarmed man.

  • samr Jun 28, 2013

    One of them is an AVP and the other is her assistant? Gary also committed a string of bank robberies before she blew Fred Lane away. She is a straight-up t hug who should still be behind bars. St. Aug's is ridiculous for defending these women.

  • Hubris Jun 28, 2013

    "St. Aug's officials added that employees go through background checks "

    What's the purpose of background checks if you're going to ignore them anyway? None.

  • lwe1967 Jun 28, 2013

    They shouldn't have been there to begin with.

  • Good Bye WRAL Jun 28, 2013

    A vetted candidate, employee, etc. just means they Know what's in their 'closet'. Doesn't mean that will affect their decision to hire. The decision to hire is the problem here, not these ladies criminal records. That speaks for itself, but hiring them to oversee (and interact directly!) a kids program is just wrong. I think there are 2nd chances for most criminals, but not murderers. That shows core disrespect for the basic tenets of life.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Jun 28, 2013

    St. Aug's officials added that employees go through background checks and are thoroughly vetted to ensure safety..... the school said it was aware of their criminal history. UMMM, so which is the truth?

  • Good Bye WRAL Jun 28, 2013

    Teacher-Scientist - another poster that doesn't read the story. Ms. Bullock killed her infant child. Perfect role models for running a kids program.

  • itsyoureternalsoul Jun 28, 2013

    Try to run this program as cheaply as you can. If you need to use convicted felons for help, that is fine. If they lose their jobs after it is found out, the convicted felons can go to work at the other end of the spectrum in Rest Homes.

  • seenbetterdaze Jun 28, 2013

    The university in Chicago hired the Weather Underground BOMBER Bill Ayers as a teacher, he is the neighbor and friend of the Obamas, also helped B. write his book Dreams. His wife Bernadine Dorhn is a Law professor there too. And she spend years in prison for murder during a Brinks Robbery where 2 or 3 sec. guards were murdered. Ayers father got him out of his Bombing Crimes being the CEO of Con Ed. Kathy Boudin another murderer from the same group now teaches classes at Yale or Harv. after she spent years in prison. Left wingers and Ivy league schools hire them because of their Political beliefs which says it's OK to KILL your ENEMIES.