EmployeeScreenIQ Quoted Nationally On Amy Bishop Story
February 16, 2010
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:
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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