Outraged parents in South Windsor are angry that kids were set to start an after-school program at a temple whose president who is a registered sex offender.
Parents have struggled to find childcare in South Windsor and the town has been working to help them. But one private option suddenly was called off on Friday after a concerning discovery.
“It’s like a pit in my stomach,” said Corie Tracey of South Windsor.
Tracey still can’t believe her 5-year-old daughter was set to start after-school care on Monday at the Temple Beth Hillel in South Windsor.
She and other parents found out the president of the temple is a registered sex offender.
On Monday, Tracey and other parents directed their anger toward the town council and especially Councilor Jeffrey Glickman, who happens to also be the temple’s rabbi.
“This is not a safety issue. There are no safety threats,” said Glickman.
In an interview before the meeting, Glickman defended his congregation member.
“He had nothing to do with the programming. We have nothing to do with the programming,” said Glickman.
The childcare program was to be run by the YMCA which would have leased rooms in the temple.
A Y spokeswoman told NBC Connecticut:
"We do anything and everything in our power to keep our children safe. And as soon as we were made aware of a significant safety concern we immediately terminated our partnership with the temple."
Some parents believe someone should be held responsible.
“Let me be the first to call for Councilor Glickman’s resignation,” said Richard Delhaie of South Windsor.
The Y says the temple told staff of the safety concern last week and by Friday the decision was made to cancel the program there.
The Y stresses it does background checks on its staff.