- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school says he was fired for letting a homeless student sleep overnight in the school’s library during a cold snap.

Snow was on the ground and temperatures dipped below zero on Jan. 6 when Brian Carroll allowed the student to stay inside the Vatterott College building. The Kansas City Star (https://bit.ly/2jKazX2 ) reports that Carroll says the situation was “life-threatening” and that the student left the next morning as agreed.

Carroll said he knew the student was homeless, had not taken the medications he needed and lacked transportation.

“He agreed that he would leave at 9 a.m. the next morning, and that he would get a bus and go down to get his medication. And he did, and he was back in class,” Carroll said.

Management fired Carroll the following Monday.

Vatterott’s regional vice president, Paul Ferrise, said Tuesday that Carroll had made a “bad decision” and had a “range of options” to help the student.

But Carroll said he had limited options and that policy prohibited him from giving the student a ride in a personal vehicle. He said he didn’t expect to lose his job.

“To me, it’s a write-up; why didn’t they give me a write-up?” Carroll said.

Carroll was the campus president since June 2014.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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