Yesterday we published a story about an alleged drug-dealing, gun-selling murderer working as a “Safe Passage” guardian for Chicago Public School children. How this guy, Miguel Morales, got through a background check investigation before gaining his job to chaperone young, vulnerable children made us wonder about the people the Chicago Public School system has working around their kiddos.
Do the Chicago Public Schools background check their teachers, support staff and contract employees at all? Or do they just turn a blind eye to convictions for things like, oh, murder and child sex crimes just to fill open staff vacancies? Just how many murderers, child sex offenders and drug dealers does CPS allow around kids?
They still, 48 hours later, still haven’t responded to my formal, written request.
Sure they might think it’s a ludicrous question that doesn’t merit a response, but the answer to that question a couple of weeks ago, or at the end of last year would certainly be a “non-zero” answer. And that’s appalling.
IF they screwed up, why not come clean and say, hey, we screened him but this didn’t show up.
But HOW could have they have missed this? They surely require fingerprints as part of their pre-employment screening, do they not?
Oh wait, they surely do!
From the Chicago Public Schools website:
CPS Background Check Process
CPS manages a robust district-wide background check process for employees, vendor employees, volunteers, Local School Council members, and charter school partners.
So how is it that a convicted murderer who spent two plus decades in prison slip through their vaunted background check process?
Because someone let him.
How many more people are like Mr. Morales, working around Chicago Public School kids with criminal histories of homicide, child sex crimes or drug dealing convictions?
It would seem the people deserve an answer instead of stonewalling from school staff.