A recent press release out of Washington, D.C., has made headlines… and caused many people to rethink the power of thorough, professional background checks.
As recent research is now showing, sex offenders have been consistently given positions of power at schools across the nation. Whether as teachers or volunteers, they’ve operated “under the radar” and slipped through background checks that are not comprehensive. (As a side note, that’s where “you get what you pay for” comes into play and why at VerifyProtect we recommend that you not scrimp on your child’s safety.)
What can you do as a parent? First, make sure you understand how your school hires employees, brings on volunteers, etc. Also ask about contractors and temporary staff. Next, if you discover that background checks are not being performed, question the authority. Finally, hold your school administrators and board members accountable for closing any loopholes in the system.
Your child deserves to feel secure while he or she is learning. Truly complete background checks are one way to
■ A teacher and registered sex offender who had lost his license in Texas was hired by Louisiana schools in 2006 and 2007 without undergoing a criminal background check. There is now a warrant for his arrest on charges that he engaged in sexual conversations with a student.
■ An Arizona public school hired a teacher in 2001 after failing to conduct a criminal check. The teacher had been convicted for sexually abusing a minor. Subsequently, he was convicted of having sexual contact with a young female student.