Metro Schools policy allows teachers to hide criminal histories - WSMV News 4

Metro Schools policy allows teachers to hide criminal histories

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The Channel 4 I-Team has found cases of Metro school teachers with hidden criminal histories.

School officials say it's all OK with them, but parents and students we talked to say they deserve to know if their teachers have any indiscretions.

Metro Nashville Public Schools employees did not have to start telling schools if they committed a crime until January 2005. Anything they did before then could stay, and may still be, a secret to school officials, parents and students.

The Channel 4 I-Team has found several mysterious cases where teachers never told anyone about their criminal past and they continue to work in Metro Schools.

"It's good to know who is teaching your kids," said concerned tax payer Hawsar Baban.

"I think they should report it," said Metro Schools parent Danny DePung.

The Channel 4 I-Team looked up hundreds of current Metro teachers criminal histories and found several of them were charged and convicted of crimes before Metro's reported policy went into effect Jan. 17, 2005.

"If they have an assault charge prior, you would want to know about it," Baban said.

For example, one teacher who teaches home-bound students across the district was charged with DUI. She pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of reckless driving.

But because she committed the crime in 1993, she faced no punishment and may have never told a soul with Metro Schools.

"I don't care what the date is on it, they still need to let the school system know about it," DePung said.

Another Metro Schools employee from Cora Howe Elementary School was convicted of assault in 1991, according to court records.

District officials tell us the employee never reported the crime and never has to.

"If they're going to put their hands on people, we certainly don't want them putting their hands on our children," DePung said.

Then, we found a special education teacher convicted of indecent exposure. He also works at Cora Howe Elementary.

District officials do not know if he ever reported his crime, and again, he never has to.

"I wouldn't want somebody like that teaching my child, you know, it's just wrong," said Metro Schools parent Daniel Davidson.

"It's ridiculous to have employment of that type when you don't have to let the parents know, the school system know or anything else," DePung said.

Metro Schools representatives did not agree to an interview for this investigation. A spokesperson did, however, send a statement:

"These employees only had an obligation to comply with the policy to report arrests or criminal citations which occurred from that date forward."

School parents we talked to say they want the reporting policy changed. They want it to require teachers to report older charges also.

But at this point, Metro Schools officials have no plans to do that.

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