July 4, 2012 -
New York City Council, led by Speaker Christine Quinn, is calling for a state law that requires all applicants for employment in private schools to be subject to biometric sampling. Should such a state law be passed, it would require all prospective employees in the education sector to submit themselves for fingerprinting.
In New York State, all public school employees are required to submit a fingerprint sample. The new resolution aims to make fingerprinting mandatory in both private and public school sectors. Both Quinn and Councilman David Greenfield are said to have introduced the resolution to state lawmakers.
The move comes as a response to a New York Times Magazine article that reported that Horace Mann School employed teachers that were found to have sexually abused their students. The incidents are said to have taken place between the late 1980s and early 1990s. The Bronx District Attorney’s Office was tasked to look into the matter while the police department created a hotline to address the issue.
Administrators of several elite private schools have come out and addressed the issue stating that it was highly disturbing and absolutely abhorrent. Teachers who have been found engaged in such illegal behavior have been consequently terminated from their posts.