PHILADELPHIA (WTXF) - Philadelphia public schools are apologizing admitting a man with a criminal record just recently cleared from supervised release was given permission by school district administrators to enter not one, but three high schools—talking to a total of 160 students. Philly schools say a man claimed to be a DJ for Alicia Keys.
"He should never have been in our schools and we take full responsibility for that," Philadelphia School District spokesperson Lee Whack said.
You may have seen him on the MTV reality show "Catfish". But not recently after Jerez Coleman, aka DJ Official Silent Assassin, was sentenced to almost two years in prison in 2016. He was arrested for making hundreds of threats in Washington D.C., including bombings, snipers attacks, even to kill President Obama.
On Wednesday Coleman spoke to an assembly of 50 students at South Philly High for about 10 minutes. Then, Thursday he was back this time speaking at an assembly at Ben Franklin High and later at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. It was the students with a simple Google search - who realized the so-called DJ may not be exactly who he claimed.
"The safety and security of our students are our number one priority. All of them are precious and we work hard to make sure they are safe. This is something where it could have been much worse but it should not have happened at all," Whack said.
The District says Coleman was never alone with students and was escorted by school staff. Yet, the blunder perhaps a major security breach as officials cannot say for sure that the felon was fully searched.
"I know he at least some of the schools he did go through metal detector. I don't know about at all of the schools," Whack said.
Philadelphia police say they are aware of the situation. Right now, the school is investigating. However, they say it is too early to discuss any repercussions.
We were contacted by a person claiming to be a record label producer representing DJ Official Silent Assassin. FOX 29 reached out to that label independently and have not yet heard back.