School employee orders 'Hit' on student?

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Friday, October 11, 2013 - 4:39pm

A janitor is out of a job after school officials say she admitted to hiring two fourth graders to rough up a fellow student, Joe Lafurgey spoke to the mother of the intended victim.

"I didn't believe it. Who would believe something like that?"

When the school's principal knocked on her door Monday night, he confirmed it.

Her son said something he shouldn't have to the woman who worked for a private contractor that supplies cleaning service to GRPS.

The school's investigation revealed she gave two other fourth graders a dollar and told them to beat him up.

"To think that there's an adult that can be so like twisted to sit there and watch a little boy -- a little 9-year-old boy -- get beat up, and get enjoyment out of it."

Word got back to school administrators, the janitor got sent to the principal's office. She admitted to everything and was fired.

Mom says her son did get roughed up and the school is still trying to confirm that.

John Helmholdt, Grand Rapids Public Schools Spokesman, "You hear something like this and it certainly makes you shake your head,"

And wonder how someone who would make that kind of threat got a job at a school in the first place.

The woman worked for West Michigan Janitorial Service, a company that has provided contract workers to GRPS for over six years.

John Helmholdt, "All GRPS employees and individuals who are working with children have to go through the district's background check. But in this case, because it's an external vendor, it's actually a double-check."

Because the janitorial service is also required to background employees it places in area schools.

"And she checked out, yes."

"Not only is other kids picking on him, but the worse thing I'm telling is that could happen to him is being done by an adult."

We're not identifying the mom of the 9 year-old targeted by the janitor. She figures if the woman was bold enough to put a hit on her son she may come after the rest of the family.

"I don't know what kind of woman I'm dealing with. It's a little sick and twisted to me, to get enjoyment out of making a group of kids beat up a little kid you don't like."

Grand Rapids police are also looking at the case and the victim's mom says she's looking for a lawyer and may sue.

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