I have spent the past day thinking a lot about persistence. My 12 year old was selected and played in an All Star baseball game this week. We talked about how far he has come since last year when he was struggling at the plate and contemplating not playing baseball anymore.
Instead, he worked hard on his skills. He became persistent. He was not going to be denied. He set his eyes on something that he wanted to accomplish and he did it.
Persistence is a great quality. We search it out as employers. President Calvin Coolidge once stated:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated failures. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”
However, what had me thinking about persistence today was a background screening report a team member told me to look at. I flipped through the pages of records:
- Sexual Battery with Force
- Sexual Battery
- Felony Possession of a Firearm
- False Information
Did I mention he was applying at a school?
So I was thinking about what we could learn from a sex offender background check. And I realized a lot.
This violent sex offender had paid $28 for his criminal background check. I commented to several team members, “Can you believe this guy? Paying for his background check with these records.”
This is lesson in persistence that should be taught to every organization that works with children. This predator has raped and destroyed lives and is still doing everything he can to gain access to our kids.
Yeah, you and I look at this through our eyes and say that it is stupid to pay for a background check with a criminal history like his. However, the real point here is not the records but the slight hope this offender has that he will not be exposed. He hopes you are trying to protect your organization with cheap background checks.
Did I mention that he does not show up in the National Sex Offender Registry? I have no idea why. It could be that his crimes pre-dated the registry. It could be a good plea agreement. Whatever the reason, he is not on the registry.
I admit there is great satisfaction in exposing violent predators and protecting one of our clients. There is also a tinge of sadness because I know he will not give up because our school turned him away. He simply moves down the street.
He might be at your church to volunteer this Sunday. I hope you are not relying on cheap background checks to keep him out.
Are you more persistent in keeping this sex offender out than he is to get in?