Darrel Patrick Clover Jr., 32, was arrested at Caldwood Elementary School Wednesday afternoon after a drug round up operated by different police agencies. The arrest came as a surprise to parents and Beaumont Independent School District. 12 News HD has learned that Clover was able to avoid BISD's background checks.
After his arrest, 12 News HD found out Clover has been arrested six times on misdemeanor drug charges since 2000.
Rebecca Grogan's son witnessed the arrest.
"He was just telling me, 'mama somebody went to jail today,' and I was like, who, Grogan said, "We didn't know anything about it."
During the arrest, officers found marijuana on Clover. Guadalupe Perales is in disbelief that a school employee would have drugs on them.
"I don't know how can they carry that kind of stuff with little kids," she said.
Anthony Manning said this could have been prevented.
"They need to run a background check. That's all I can say, to see who they are hiring," said Manning.
In the BISD 2011-2012 employee handbook, any non-certified employee (that includes your janitors, cafeteria workers, office secretaries, anyone who's not a teacher) that was hired prior to January 1, 2008, did not have to receive a background check. We found out through Beaumont ISD that Clover was hired as part-time janitor in 1998 and hired full-time in 2001.
We dug a little deeper into his criminal history and found out he was arrested six times on misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana since 2000.
BISD spokesperson Craig Eichhorn released this statement Wednesday evening: "Clover has been suspended, pending the results of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the district's investigation."
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Deputy Rod Carroll said since Clover was found with drugs in a drug-free zone, his charge could be upgraded to a felony.
Of course it is a violation of BISD policy for any employee to possess, distribute, or use any illegal drugs on school property.
Newsroom: (409) 838-1212
Can't find what you're looking for?