So easy that even a child molester gets hired!
How can we protect children from having to deal with ‘bottom of the barrel’ teachers like this? Insist on recruiting, paying and supporting only the best and brightest…
By Ty Tagami
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
He was banned for life from teaching in Florida after being charged with sexually abusing a student, but Horace Morris managed to get a classroom job in Georgia.
Morris resigned Friday from the DeKalb County School District after his past caught up with him and his termination tribunal was about to begin. The district only learned of his background after students discovered news articles about him online. The state independently discovered it around the same time after a new computer system flagged his past. …
Note that — STUDENTS discovered news articles about him online…they ‘Googled’ him. Apparently our HR department doesn’t know how to Google.
DeKalb backgrounds all teacher candidates, and the district’s public safety department did run Morris through two government repositories of criminal history: the state and the national crime information centers, district spokesman Quinn Hudson said.
Morris’ Florida background was duly noted but was not communicated to the human resources department.
“Somebody checked the box that said he was cleared,” Hudson said. “We are now conducting an investigation to find out how he got through the system.” …
Uh huh. We wonder about that one too.
An April 22 termination letter details the circumstances that led to Morris’ arrest in 2005: While teaching in the Miami-Dade County School District, he was accused of forcing a 13-year-old girl to give him oral sex.
The girl was in his social science class at the Jet Mann Opportunity Center School, according to an administrative complaint by the Florida Education Practices Commission. The complaint said Morris pleaded guilty to child abuse, a felony, in August 2008, and the court “withheld adjudication of guilt” and ordered five years probation and the surrender of his teaching certificate.
Good god… how bad is our HR Department? How desperate are we for teachers?
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Note this line: “Horace Morris worked as a CRIMINAL JUSTICE TEACHER at the DeKalb County High School Technology South for three months.”
Here is an article from back in 2005, from Channel 7 in Miami/Fort Lauderdale: WSVN, Channel 7: “New sexual allegations made against south Florida teacher”
That story alleges that he victimized two girls in Florida: “Horace Morris a teacher and counselor at Jan Man opportunity school was arrested Sunday after a 13 –year-old girl accused him of forcing her to perform a sexual act. The alleged incident took place in Morris office. After hearing that girl’s story a 19-year-old girl decided to come forward. The teen says Morris assaulted her while she was a freshman at Northwestern Sr., High five years ago.”
Finally, today is the big DCS Teacher recruitment fair at Lithonia High…. so this news serves to tell potential DCS recruits that they’ll pass the DCS background check even if they have child abuse convictions on their records!