FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Parents at a Fort Myers school are concerned about who can enter the parking lot.
For spring training season, South Fort Myers High School opens up the student parking lot for use of employees working for the Minnesota Twins at the CenturyLink Sports Complex across the street. However, one parent believes it is an unnecessary risk. "It seems like a very unsafe situation to put our kid in with everything going on in the schools," he said. "With the shooting on the other side of the state and the pedophiles in the school system, they can be anywhere."
Employees arrive at the parking lot during school hours on game days. After seeing chaos unfold in Parkland, Florida, and various other schools in the country in recent history, the parent does not feel letting non-students on campus is safe.
4 In Your Corner contacted the Lee County School District to find out why they allow the practice. A spokesperson said employees for the Twins organization all have background checks. They issued the following statement:
"We have had a longstanding relationship with the Twins organization. They are generous in supporting our students through internship and shadowing opportunities, they allow us to use their facilities when necessary and have made financial contributions to our student programs.
Their employees, who have all had background checks, park on our property during game days. There are two security guards who are former law enforcement and a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy there at all times. They check the cars coming in and provide security for the time they are there. They are extra sets of eyes and ears on our campus.We could not ask for better partners."