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How do substitute teachers get selected?

HERNANDO, Miss. -- DeSoto County School officials refused to comment Monday about the process the school system uses to vet substitute teachers.

In an email, DCS communications director Katherine Nelson wrote, "Contact Kelley Services for further information."

WREG did contact contractor Kelly Services. The company released the following statement:

"Kelly Services is always concerned about reports of inappropriate conduct by one of our employees and investigates all reports. Student safety is our number one priority. However, in accordance with employment regulations and prudent business practices, Kelly does not publicly discuss employment status or information specific to employee matters.

I can tell you that all prospective substitute teachers undergo a rigorous prescreening, hiring and orientation process. Our in-depth screening process includes reference checks, education verification, structured behavioral interviews and background screens. We also follow individual state and district requirements for background screening. In addition, we also provide a search against the National Sex Offender Registry for all employees across the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam."

Hernando Middle School parents like Larry Marley questioned if his daughter's school system was doing enough.

“I would like for them to review, how is Kelly Services handling their vetting process? Do we need to look at that?” he said.

DeSoto County officials said Monday their investigation in to a substitute teacher who allegedly wrote a sexual note to a student was ongoing.