“The Lynchburg City School Board is considering a change to its volunteer policy that would allow people with a felony on their records to be considered on a case by case basis to be allowed to volunteer.
“According to the district, 22 potential volunteers were rejected this school year because of felonies.
“Robert Flood says he has a lot he can teach Lynchburg students.
“’I think if I can stop someone from going the way I went,’ he said, ‘I know I can make a difference.’
“He says he had a drug charge on his record from the 1980s when he was hired by the district as a substitute in the early 1990s.
“He later went on to grad school for criminal justice, but in 2014, he tried to volunteer as a basketball coach and was rejected.
“’Haha yeah, that’s what I couldn’t understand.’
“He’s been trying for five years to change the district’s policy banning people with felonies from volunteering.”