Substitute teachers screened for bad backgrounds

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A substitute teacher for Dorchester County School District Two accused of having sex with a student and trying to hook up with another, passed all criminal background check before he was hired, according to school district officials.

Officials from the Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester school districts say they do background checks before hiring substitutes.

"They're put through a screening of background checks, also a sex offender registry test," said Scott Fitzpatrick, employment supervisor for the Charleston County School District. "If they come from out of state, have been out of state within the past seven years, we'll also run that state's background check as well."

Fitzpatrick said based on background checks, it would be very hard to hire a sub with a criminal history.

"It's slim, very slim, almost impossible, as long as everything is up to date at the state background."

He said it's a process that is designed to protect students, and at the same time make sure they are being taught properly.

"It's our goal to have the highest quality instructors in front of our students."

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