A security guard at Mission High School was arrested Wednesday after administrators caught him selling marijuana to a student.
The Mission Police Department charged James Guerrero, 26, of Alton — a security guard employed by MLG Protection Services — with possession of marijuana in a drug-free zone.
“It is my belief that the security company should have vetted their security officers before sending them to a school,” said Mission school board Trustee Jerry Zamora. “This is why we have the security officers there — to protect our kids and not hurt them in any way.”
Asked about the incident, the CEO of MLG Protection Services released a statement on Thursday night.
“I am very disappointed in the employee that was arrested yesterday. I nor my company’s core values condone this type of behavior. We conduct quarterly drug tests, background checks and have strict policies in place to minimize these kinds of risks,” according to the statement. “This employee came to us fully licensed from DPS, which means a federal background check was made by DPS as well before issuing him his license. Mr. Guerrero, however, was immediately terminated and offered no severance of any type, and we will continue our strict adherence to our policies and procedures to prevent this type of situation from re-occurring. I apologize to my community and Mission CISD for this isolated incident.”
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