Bobby Wilcox is frustrated with the way the Fulton County School District handles background checks after he discovered a convicted sex offender was volunteering at Bear Creek Middle School, the same school his children attend.
"We had a monster in our midst and the district's weak system didn't catch it," said Wilcox.
School officials say Demetrius Thompson was able to slip through the cracks by misspelling his name on a background check form. They say because photo IDs aren't required, no one caught Thompson's trickery.
Mary Ellen Fulkus is the executive director of Keep Georgia Safe, an organization dedicated to protecting kids from sexual predators. She says the Fulton County School District has some work to do.
"There are a lot of questions still to be answered about this particular case," Fulkus said. "There definitely needs to be some level of procedures followed. For example, anytime they fill out a background form at the YMCA you have to give a copy of your license - so that would be a good procedure."
"They should check everybody, every person that is in there. If you are checking me when I go to see the progress of my child's class, check those people who are teaching them," said Wilcox.
The school district says next year a new system will be in place that automatically checks people's background when they scan their ID. The Tough Question is, can the district afford to wait that long?
"We have got to have more safeguards in place so we can feel confident that the volunteer at our schools, church, community center, at our children's activities are not going to harm or hurt our children," Fulkus said.
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