对 Giarrusso 来说，这起案件的打击尤其离家很近：罗德岛政治家的儿子经常乘坐被逮捕的校车监督所分配的校车。虽然没有任何故事表明监控员曾对他公共汽车上的任何孩子进行过性挑逗，但 Giarrusso 清楚地认为此案是一种“太近而无法舒适”的情况，并通过引入立法来回应，要求在全国范围内进行对所有总线驱动程序和监视器进行背景检查。
尽管东格林威治校车公司确实承认其旧的筛选方法只需要州背景调查（监督员确实通过了），但被捕的公交车监督员是否真的有任何刑事定罪记录尚未透露。被捕后，这家巴士公司发誓要重新评估其背景调查政策，并开始要求进行全国范围的调查——无论 Giarrusso 的立法是否通过并使其成为法律的必要性。
Would you let your child ride on a bus driven or monitored by a convicted criminal? That is the general question being posed this month by a Rhode Island State Representative, who according to the Associated Press, is calling for nationwide focused government mandated background checks for school bus drivers and monitors.
The lawmaker, a Republican politician named Anthony Giarrusso, took his hard stance in favor of bus-related background checks after a bus monitor from his home city of East Greenwich was arrested on charges of child pornography. The monitor was fired after his arrest, but it seems his employers had no knowledge of his past criminal activity up until that point.
For Giarrusso, the case hits particularly close to home: the Rhode Island politician’s son frequently rode the school bus to which the arrested bus monitor was assigned. While no stories have surfaced to suggest that the monitor ever made a sexual advance on any of the children on his bus, Giarrusso clearly considers the case as a “too close for comfort” kind of situation, and responded by introducing legislation that would require nationwide background checks for all bus drivers and monitors.
Whether or not the arrested bus monitor actually had any criminal convictions on his record has not been revealed, though the East Greenwich school bus company did admit that its old screening methods only required a state background check (which the monitor did pass). In the wake of the arrest, the bus company has vowed to reevaluate its background check policies and to begin requiring nationwide checks as well—whether or not Giarrusso’s legislation passes and makes doing so a necessity of law.
Even if Giarusso’s law does not pass, however, the Rhode Island case proves that casting a wider search net to uncover criminal records for bus drivers and bus monitors—or any other school district employees who have close contact with children and teenagers in their day to day work lives—could not possibly hurt. Giarrusso may be a lawmaker with the power to change things, but on a more fundamental level, he is just one of many East Greenwich parents who are alarmed, frightened, and relieved over a potential sex offender’s arrest.