Kudos to the educational institutions that have a school safety program and conduct background checks on prospective employees or volunteers before letting them work with children. Unfortunately, some don't have school safety policies, and allow just about anyone to have access to children. That's a major problem. Parents put their faith in the schools to hire qualified and trustworthy people. They don't want to find out otherwise.
Check out these stories:
- A public school in Arizona hired a teacher in 2001 and did not conduct a criminal background check. The teacher had previously been convicted for sexually abusing a minor. He then was convicted of having sexual contact with a young female student.
- A teacher in Ohio who worked in multiple public schools from 1993 to 2006 was forced to resign from one position because of inappropriate conduct with female students. Regardless, he received a letter of recommendation from his superintendent. He then went to work in a nearby district, and was convicted of sexual battery against a sixth-grade girl.
People with “sex offender” backgrounds are still landing positions in public and private schools across the county by slipping through the cracks. School background checks serve the community as a whole, and help to assure parents their child is safe. They deter offenders from gaining employment and reduce the risk of offending again with new victims.
Click here to read an article about a sexual predator that was able to work his way into a school and engage in inappropriate conduct.