March 11, 2014
Three Virginia Beach schools are using a new security system that scans parents' and visitors' identification cards and checks them against a national database of registered sex offenders.
School officials tell The Virginian-Pilot that the city school division paid $5,100 to install the Raptor Technologies system at Princess Anne High School, Larkspur Middle School and Birdneck Elementary School. The monitoring program will cost an additional $432 a year at each school. If the trial period is successful, district officials will consider expanding the registry checks to all city schools.
Some parents and civil-liberties advocates say the scans and checks go too far, and are a disproportionate response to an exaggerated threat.
Texas-based Raptor Technologies says it has installed its systems in thousands of schools nationwide.
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