Magazine article Workforce

School's Hiring Practices Are Questioned after Student Is Murdered

Magazine article Workforce

School's Hiring Practices Are Questioned after Student Is Murdered

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GRIEF OVER THE KILLING OF A SACRAMENTO TEEN TURNED to anger regarding personnel hiring practices when it was discovered that the janitor who allegedly killed an 18-year-old student at her high school was actually a paroled killer with affiliations to a Los Angeles gang.

The victim, Michelle Montoya, was found on May 16 in her school's wood shop classroom at Rio Linda High School with her skull crushed and throat slashed.

Alex Del Thomas, 34, who was hired as a substitute janitor at the school in April, has been charged with Montoya's murder. School authorities had allowed Thomas to start working before they reviewed his background check, including fingerprinting by the Department of Justice. According to California state law, school districts are supposed to forward fingerprints of all prospective permanent employees to the state for background checks. State officials report individuals who have histories of sexual or violent offenses to the district, although details of their crimes aren't specified. …

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