By Thomas Ahearn, ESR News Blog
A story from Greenwood County, South Carolina shows why background checks should be run on all workers with access to schools, including contractors and sub-contractors, and not just full time employees.
According to a report on the News Channel 7 website at WSPA.com, a contract worker at a Greenwood County, S.C. school was arrested for disorderly conduct when he allegedly yelled and cursed at police after students complained about his behavior. According to a police report, students at the school claimed the accused man made sexual gestures and asked the children to give him a hug.
The 22-year-old man – a subcontractor working at the school – was charged with public disorderly conduct for allegedly cursing at deputies and school officials while they kicked him off campus.
In their report, News Channel 7 learned that, according to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) background check, the man had been accused with sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 16 and sexual misconduct with a child under the age of 11. Although not convicted on those charges, the man had been convicted of aggravated assault.
Contract workers at schools in South Carolina are not required to submit to any kind of background checks since they are not employed by the state.
However, there are background check rules in place for school workers, according to information provided by the South Carolina Department of Education:
- All school employees must have a SLED check.
- Teachers and other certified positions must have SLED and FBI fingerprint checks done.
- Volunteers must be checked on sexual predator web site.
- Contract workers are not required to submit to any sort of background since they are not employed by the state.
To ensure a safe workplace (which can include schools), employers following best practices guidelines should run background checks on all employees – from full-time to part-time and from contractors to sub-contractors.
Employment Screening Resources (ESR) literally wrote the book on background checks with ‘The Safe Hiring Manual’ by ESR founder and President Lester Rosen. ESR is recognized as Background Screening Credentialing Council (BSCC) Accredited by the National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) for proving compliance with the Background Screening Agency Accreditation Program (BSAAP). For more information about Employment Screening Resources, visit http://www.ESRcheck.com.