An Elementary School janitor who was arrested after a drug round up by police agencies had avoided undergoing any background checks by the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD) that may have uncovered past drug charges because he was hired prior to 2008, according to a report from KMBT 12 News in Beaumont, Texas.
12 News reports that the janitor had been previously arrested six times on misdemeanor drug charges of possession of marijuana since 2000. Officers also found marijuana on the janitor during the arrest, a violation of BISD policy that forbids any employee to possess, distribute, or use any illegal drugs on school property. Since the janitor was found with drugs in a drug-free zone, the charges could be upgraded to a felony.
12 News reports that the BISD employee handbook for 2011-2012 states any non-certified employee who is not a teacher – including janitors – hired prior to January 1, 2008 did not have to receive a background check. 12 News reports the janitor – who was hired part-time in 1998 and full-time in 2001 – has been suspended pending the results of the investigation. The 12 News story is available at: http://www.12newsnow.com/story/16551081/parents.
This case is an example why employers should run background checks on all employees and not just those hired after a certain date. It also shows why re-screening of current employees with background checks is sometimes necessary to ensure a safe, drug-free workplace.
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