Brockton, Mass HR Director Retires Amid Background Check Snafu

Nick Fishman

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.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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