Anyone thinking of being a teacher in New Hampshire can now expect a lengthier and more in depth background check system with new state legislature, following an incident in the Claremont schools. Governor Maggie Hassan signed off on Senate Bill 152 late last week, which was sponsored and supported by Claremont lawmakers, following a conviction in 2014 of a Stevens High School math teacher who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 14-year old female student.
After he committed the crimes, teachers then found out that he had a previous criminal record for similar charges. Governor Hassan says that “ensuring public safety, especially for our schools and our young people, is state government’s most important responsibility.” She went on to say that this bill will better protect students and help school administrators identify patterns of malicious behavior.
The Valley News reports that the victim testified in support of the Senate Bill and the girl’s mother said that she had made repeated trips down to Concord to see that the bill was moved through.
The bill enforces background checks for not only teachers, but school employees and designated volunteers.