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When background checks miss the mark

Original post made on Apr 11, 2012

How a Peninsula private school unknowingly hired a teacher with a decades-long history of child molestation allegations.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 10, 2012, 5:23 PM

Comments (7)

Posted by Sojourner of Truth, a resident of another community
on Apr 11, 2012 at 8:35 am

This is not investigative reporting. It is an old-fashioned witch hunt. Relying on unsupported allegations, you have cost an individual his job. You should be ashamed of yourself.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:29 pm


unsupported allegations?

"despite the man admitting to having sexual contact with two boys"

Posted by Parent, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Well, Menlo Park School District hired Mountain View ex-Superintendent Ghysels, so I think that only proves how useless background checks are.

Posted by Parent, a resident of Cuernavaca
on Apr 11, 2012 at 12:41 pm

And Mountain View has teachers at Graham Middle School who don't even hold credentials. So it makes you wonder how thorough schools are in looking into the backgrounds of employees.

Posted by Bill, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Apr 11, 2012 at 9:20 pm

When will the Superintendent do something about the fact that some teachers in our district do not have the proper credentials to be teaching in our schools? Our district has claimed it is mandatory and yet, there have been some without the credentials teaching for years at Graham. Some teachers are held to the standards and some not. Why the double standard?

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Apr 11, 2012 at 9:25 pm

Putting this particular case aside for one moment, is really the *accusation* of a crime enough to bar a person from work? That seems to run counter to our legal system.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 12, 2012 at 8:15 am

" is really the *accusation* of a crime enough to bar a person from work?"

It's not. This 'news' article is a "straw man" argument (using an irrelevant case to argue a point) - which is poor reporting.

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