Bill would require fingerprinting teachers, bus drivers | Metro News - WCVB Home
BOSTON ?Teachers, workers at child care centers, school bus drivers and others could soon be required to submit fingerprints for criminal background checks.
Asked on Tuesday if he would sign the legislation, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said "I think so."
The fingerprint background checks would also apply to everyone seeking to adopt children or become foster parents as well as employees of school departments who may have direct, unmonitored contact with children.
Under the bill, the fingerprints will be submitted to the state police for a state criminal history check and forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation for a national criminal history check.
Lawmaker approval of the measure came just weeks after authorities announced an indictment against a convicted sex offender they say videotaped himself sexually assaulting children from his wife's unlicensed day care business.
Yay? or Nay?
Absolutely. CORI's only cover a conviction in the state where it's checked.
We already have to do this, I thought it was common practice? Totally fine
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
We already do this too. I thought it was nationwide. Even parent volunteers on field trips have to be fingerprinted and have a current TB reading.
I'm so okay with this. After that daycare guy (that news article still sickens me whenever I think about it) it's clearly needed. We only do Cori checks here right now in Mass. but it includes parent volunteers.
Recently it was learned that one of the team coaches at my DD's gym was taking pictures of the girls naked, he was busted for child porn. I kind of wish all coaches had to be fingerprinted
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
How in the world does fingerprinting stop people from doing any of this? I am confused.
I am not against fingerprinting, it helps identify the missing and dead, I wouldn't be against everyone being fingerprinted (because that would catch the most vulnerable, who are more likely to go missing), but I do not understand how fingerprinting has any relation to preventing a coach taking pictures of children naked.
I think that it should be an obvious for teachers or daycare workers or anyone in a position of authority who has the potential to have alone time with a student ~ I'm actually surprised that that isn't a mandate there already, it is here.
I have to be honest and say that I would be annoyed if I had to be fingerprinted and background checked and pay for it to volunteer in my childrens school ~ and say that it having parents have to do so would not give me an increased sense of safety. In fact, it would make me upset because I would think that it would decrease parent/grandparent participation in the school. For instance, for my sons birthday I have my Dad set up to be a "mystery reader" in my sons classroom as a surprise for my son. He would have to be fingerprinted and background checked to go to the school and volunteer? No way! So annoying and invasive! there are 475 kids his elementary school and we have a 70% parental participation rate in the PTO, and that doesn't even count the number of occasional volunteers like my Dad or other grandparents/aunts/uncles who pop in for occasional visits/participation. I would think that that number would go WAY down if people had to be vetted and fingerprinted, and that would be a huge loss for the kids. I don't think that that sort of thing provides any additional safety for the kids, when these volunteers are never alone with the kids and are not really a threat to be in a "predatory" role.