(WMC-TV) - Parents are demanding answers after a convicted felon was able to get into a Shelby County school.
A Memphis mom called the Action News 5 Investigators to say the father of her 5-year-old managed to get into her child's school, even though the school was not authorized to let him.
The district responded with conflicting answers Friday, leaving parents to question their child's safety at school.
Robert Barlow and his 5-year-old daughter shared a hug in her classroom Thursday afternoon.
"As far as the teachers and everybody ... They let me talk to my daughter and that made me happy," said Barlow.
But the child's mother is not happy. She called police saying Barlow is not allowed inside Florida-Kansas Elementary School to visit the 5-year-old daughter they share.
A school secretary told police Barlow must have followed behind a food services crew to get to his daughter's classroom.
Barlow never checked in with the front office, but he says staff members led him to his daughter's classroom after he showed them his court-ordered visitation papers.
"I just was a concerned parent that wanted to go see how my daughter was doing," he said . "I didn't know where the office was. I've never been to that school ... I'm sure that I had to go check into the office, but the first available person I saw since the door was open ... I reached out to them and they directed me from there."
Once in the classroom, Barlow showed his daughter's teacher his custody paperwork.
"She let me take a picture with my daughter I have it in my cellphone. I gave my daughter some money asked the teacher how she's doing," he said.
In a police report, a school secretary said Barlow was told he would have to check in with the front office.
On Tuesday, Barlow was facing several charges related to the incident. He is charged with stalking, violating a protection order and the conditions of bail.
According to arrest records, Barlow is accused of calling the child's mother from multiple phone numbers. He denied the claims against him on Tuesday.
"I'm just trying to seek justice on false allegations because I'm being falsely accused of things that I've not done," he said.
The district issued a statement Friday saying Barlow illegally entered the building after was he told by phone that he was denied permission to come to the campus because he is not listed on the student's records.
"It's all kind of people going through that door and you can walk right in behind them," said parent Jamica Strong.
Parents are not satisfied with the district's response. Even if Robert Barlow meant no harm. They fear someone who does might be able to get inside the school.
"If he's mad about his child, he could have a gun and go shoot whoever he wants to shoot," said parent Sophea Jones.
The district accuses Barlow of breaking the rules. But they're not commenting on whether school staff broke any. In fact, Barlow says they couldn't have been more accommodating.
"As far as the teachers and everybody that the staff there. They let me talk to my daughter and that made me happy. I haven't seen my daughter in a year," he said.
The Action News 5 Investigators asked the district to sit down and talk about school security. There have been changes after incidents of guns and knives being brought to campus. We were told we would have to wait until the fall for a security update.
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