Father fights to attend daughter's field trip after GCISD rejection



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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 12:01 AM

COLLEYVILLE — A young father said he was stunned this week when the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District rejected his offer to volunteer as a chaperone for his daughter's field trip.

Travis Covey, 28, has a 6-year-old daughter at Bransford Elementary School. The father regularly stops by to visit with her and said he's helped out at the school in the past.

But, when he recently applied through a background check to chaperon a field trip to a pumpkin patch, he said the district's human resources department told him he couldn't attend because of a criminal charge from 11 years ago.

"I was involved in a bad drug deal," he said. "There were weapons and charges."

A background check revealed Covey was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. During that same time period, he also faced a drug charge.

"I was 17 and made some mistakes," he said. "No question."

Covey successfully completed his sentence of eight years probation in 2012.

He said he's paid his time for his mistakes and just wants to be a good father moving forward.

"She's the reason I turned my life around," he said. "Reason I went to college and reason I try to be a good person."

GCISD provided a statement to News 8 late on Thursday afternoon that stated after further review, Covey will be allowed to attend the Friday day trip.

It reads in part:

"Volunteers and chaperons assist with overseeing children other than their own and, therefore, require an approved background check...we understand that sometimes people make poor choices, and every situation is reviewed confidentiality on a case-by-case basis. It is our responsibility as educators to do our due diligence to ensure that everyone working with our students meets the standards expected in our community. The safety and well-being of our students is always paramount."

Covey said he's thrilled to be able to attend the trip and wants to work with the district to see how he can volunteer at other events.

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