Brockton, Mass HR Director Retires Amid Background Check Snafu
April 15, 2011
We posted a horrific story earlier this week about a Brockton, MA elementary school student who was raped by a student teacher. Now, the school’s longtime human resource director has announced her retirement, effective at the end of the school year.
There was a lot of misinformation about whether the school had conducted a background check or not. They have now admitted that in addition to their earlier admissions that they failed to meet their requirement of conducting a new criminal background check on all personnel in January of 2010, that they neglected to check the backgrounds on “a handful” of student teachers.
I’m sure that the oversight was not due to malice. It’s just an unfortunate situation that might have been avoided should the school have followed through properly. Now, a poor little girl’s life has been changed forever, the school faces what will be costly litigation along with a settlement or judgement against them (of which tax payers will no doubt foot the bill) and a well respected employee’s career has been ruined.