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Gloucester substitute out of the job over 2011 arrest

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. (WHDH) - Parents at O'Maley Middle School are outraged after learning that a substitute teacher in a classroom with their children had been arrested in 2011 in New Hampshire.

School leaders won't release the substitute teacher's name or the charges he faced out of state, but would say he is no longer in the school.

"I think it's unbelievable. I believe there should be more thorough checks of who is coming in and out of the school. I think somebody really dropped the ball,” Beth Williamson, a parent, said.

7News spoke to a man who identifies himself as the dismissed teacher's father, he says his son is upset that he was let go, since the charges from 2011 were dropped.

The superintendent released this statement: the individual was hired according to the district's hiring process, which included a CORI background check. The report came back clear.

Coleen Hojn-Loped is disgusted. But feels parents need to take responsibility as well.

"I've got three girls in the school and ever since they were little I have volunteered in the school because I want to know who's in the school. I want them to know I have a presence in the school. That I have an eye on them. I'm not going to be a victim and I'm not going to let my kids be a victim,” she said.

Massachusetts is in the process of implementing a new finger printing system which educational leaders hope will address the problem with background checks from other states.
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