Regarding The Chronicle's recent news story concerning background checks of substitute teachers: Regular teachers should also have a more stringent background check. It is the shortage of teachers that allows many teachers to continue teaching with past criminal histories. I also believe that teachers should go through an extensive psychiatric evaluation.
I have personally come in contact with a few people in the teaching profession with less-than-stable psychiatric backgrounds. In this day and age of doctors prescribing anti-depressant drugs quicker than the candy shop owner in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory handing out Wonka Bars, it would be impossible to weed out all of the teachers on these sorts of drugs.
There should be a system in place to filter out teachers who have true emotional problems. They should not be teaching our children. Our children need protection from them.
Rob Strickland, Cumming, Ga.