EmployeeScreenIQ Quoted Nationally On Amy Bishop Story

Jason Morris

Yesterday we covered the Amy Bishop shooting story on our blog.   Later in the day we were contacted by the Associated Press for comment due to our extensive coverage of Workplace Violence issues.  Other than being a bit mis-quoted, the story turned out great.  Background screening firms do NOT check weapon registrations are part of the employment screening process.  There was obviously a bit of confusion, what I said was a reference check or employment verification MAY have uncovered something.  Oh well, we are working to have the quote restated!

Jason Morris, president of EmployeeScreenIQ, a Cleveland, Ohio, company that does background checks for colleges and other large institutions, said it’s possible a background check would not have turned up the incidents in Bishop’s past, particularly since she wasn’t charged.

Part of the problem is that college professors often come to campus with very lofty credentials, like Bishop’s degree from Harvard University, Morris said.

“Sometimes they overlook certain characteristics because they’ve got this great person coming to campus,” Morris said.

“It’s not a silver bullet,” he said of background checks, but a check of weapons records “might have uncovered something.”

For the full story, read below:

Husband: Ala. prof went to range before shooting

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The husband of an Alabama college professor accused of shooting her colleagues says the couple went to a shooting range weeks before the killing but he didn’t know where she got the gun.

James Anderson told The Associated Press Monday that he did not know how long Amy Bishop had a gun before Friday’s attack. He says the family did not own a gun.

Bishop is accused of opening fire at a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three and wounding three.

Anderson says she was acting like “a normal professor” in the days before the shooting.

He also says he and his wife were cleared in the investigation of a pipe bomb sent to one of her former bosses in Massachusetts in 1993.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Disclosures that an Alabama professor accused of fatally shooting three colleagues was twice questioned by criminal investigators years ago raised concerns Monday of why background checks didn’t prevent her hiring at the school in 2003.

University of Alabama in Huntsville officials were meeting privately to review the files concerning Amy Bishop, a Harvard-educated neurobiologist accused of pulling a gun at a Friday faculty meeting and shooting six people, three fatally. Two of the survivors remained in critical condition Monday.


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Jason Morris

President & Chief Operating Officer at EmployeeScreenIQ
A veteran screening and risk management professional, Jason Morris founded EmployeeScreenIQ in 1999 and acts as the company’s chief operating officer and president. Morris is a frequent speaker delivering captivating, interactive discussions on background checks, global screening, recruitment and staffing. He educates audiences in best practice initiatives as they relate to organizational employment screening programs. Morris has been quoted in numerous business and industry publications including The Wall Street Journal, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, among others. He is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio, Illinois, New Jersey, Texas, Arizona and Nevada.
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  • Jason, great post. This is a very interestnig story and I have been following it as well.

    She had violent tendancies. I truly believe that past performance/behavior predicts future performance/behavior. I will be curious to see how this story further develops.

    P.S. I hope you get your quote corrected.