Theresa Seigler was only 22 years old when she was arrested and convicted on a felony drug charge in 2002. The Seminole County woman, who went on to marry and have a child, served a year for the crime but, according to the County School's policy, her conviction means she is no longer qualified to be a volunteer at her child's school.
"Surely anyone who looks at (my daughter) can tell I'm not this horrible person around kids," said Seigler. "I understand why they have screenings. I just think they should apply a little bit of common sense to them," she said.
The school district has defended the policy, which prevents Seigler from going on field trips or even eating in the cafeteria with her daughter.
"The mother in question may have contact with her own daughter, but not in an area where other students are located. Based upon our Criminal Background Screening Guidelines, she is denied this ability because of her felony conviction drug charge. These guidelines are in place for the safety of our students," the school district told WESH 2 News.
Seigler, who claims she served a year in jail for being present when 10 grams of ecstasy was sold to an undercover cop, says she plans to fight the decision.
"I would say that a charge doesn't make a person," she said.