Huntsville School Board questioned on choice of alternative school

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Huntsville City Schools is coming under fire for contracting with an alternative school after news that the school's CEO's sons are facing drug charges.

"When my sons were arrested I let them know and that was before the board vote took place," said Karen Lee. Lee is the CEO of The Pinnacle Schools, an alternative school for troubled teens in Huntsville.

"I let them know immediately what was going on and that this was the situation," said Lee.

Lee was very forthcoming about her two sons legal issues during an interview with WAFF-48 News on Friday. Her sons, Eric and Charles Jr., were charged with drug trafficking during a December 2011 raid. Agents discovered 24 pounds of pot and guns in a Madison house. Last January, Huntsville City Schools voted to contract with Pinnacle for dozens of their at risk teens. Now, parents have concerns.

Lee admits her motivation behind opening up the school nearly a decade ago is because one her son's struggles with addiction.

"I inform every parent that just because you put your child in treatment there's no downhill slide here," said Lee.

Her son Eric is still an employee at the alternative school despite the drug charge. Lee said her school's reputation speaks for itself and she no plans of backing down from her work. She called helping at risk teens a passion and she's proud of everything all her employees at Pinnacle have provided.

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