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  •  Yeah, we need background checks (5+ / 0-)

    but they need to WORK.

    They don't.

    The teacher in this tale should not have been teaching, yet BOOM, there he was.

    And I am currently out of a job.

    I seethe.

    •  Unfortunately, and it's no comfort, a (2+ / 0-)
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      background check can only find someone who might reoffend - they are not all that predictive when it comes to someone who hasn't committed a violent act but might yet do in the future, not unless psych interviews and all that are conducted, and even that only gets a person so far.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 04:34:11 PM PDT

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      •  He was already considered a problem (3+ / 0-)
        The case began in 2008 when Stacey Rambold, now 54, a high school teacher who four years earlier had been warned not to touch or be alone with female students,
        •  Right - background check won't fix that. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm kind of surprised that the school didn't fire the guy, but I also wonder what form that warning took - I hate newspaper articles that hint at a key issue but don't address it.  And that's a key issue, to me, whether or not he had some sort of troubling history or if they mean "warned" as in "received a memo along with the rest of the faculty."  Odds are it's more serious than the letter, but Google isn't revealing how serious.

          "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

          by auron renouille on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 04:56:52 PM PDT

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          •  In my field - mental health - I have to go through (0+ / 0-)

            this every time I get a job and it's clear that it doesn't help protect people.

            It just costs me money.

            Nobody gets protected.

            I'm squeaky clean.

          •  Oh.. and it is no $53 for me to get the (1+ / 0-)
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            electronic fingerprinting...

            If I was applying for "Sheriff"........$15.00.

          •  I'm not. (0+ / 0-)

            While it's not great reporting I've never heard of any general sexual harassment policy memo containing a warning "not to touch or be alone with FEMALE students."   That's way too specific.

            I'm willing to bet there were people of a like mind of the judge in the school's admin that felt a warning would suffice cause you know, men and stuff.

            The priest said, "Today's sermon is called 'Liars', but first I have a question. How many of you have read Chapter 66 in Matthew?" Nearly every hand went up. "You're just the group I need to speak to," the priest said. "There's no such chapter."

            by Back In Blue on Wed Aug 28, 2013 at 06:28:43 PM PDT

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