Wilson County Schools will screen sports officials effective immediately in light of the TSSAA’s suspension of football official Kyle Gill this week.
The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association has announced that it will add background checks for referees to the agenda for its Nov. 12 board meeting.
Wilson County has joined Williamson County Schools by moving forward with immediate screenings.
Wilson County district personnel will be contacting athletic officials and asking them to arrive earlier than normal before the next game they are to officiate to be screened at the schools.
The district has the technology; Raptor is a school security system the district put into effect at the beginning of the year in each school and the Central Office. Raptor enables administrators to quickly conduct an instant background check, screening for registered sex offenders from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
“Until the TSSAA can ensure that all of its officials have been background checked, Wilson County’s athletic directors and bookkeepers will use the district’s Raptor system to screen game officials effective immediately,” Chuck Whitlock, Wilson County Schools’ director of school health and athletics, said.
Game officials will be required to go to the office of each school and be screened by presenting a government-issued photo ID to a front office employee for visual verification and scanning by the Raptor scanner.
Once the ID is scanned, the visitor’s first name, last name and date of birth are instantly and automatically checked.
Gill, who was dismissed Wednesday by the TSSAA for discrepancies in his application, pleaded no contest in 2007 to attempted statutory rape and aggravated criminal trespassing, was sentenced to probation and was ordered to “not take any job with any school system while on probation” in Rutherford County.
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