Fingerprinting volunteers

Because she refuses to be fingerprinted, “Criminal Mom” of Daft Musings no longer volunteers at her child’s school.

I don’t know what’s going on in Neil’s classroom, because I’m not there every week, as I used to be in his classes, and the teacher snippily dismisses my concerns. I’ve actually had to buy materials to teach him math at his level myself. Peter helped coach Neil’s robotics team until the principal insisted all coaches be fingerprinted, whereupon Peter bailed. I no longer go to HIPS meetings, I don’t even volunteer for events where fingerprinting is not required, and when asked to contribute financially or materially for a fund-raising drive, I give far less than I once used to.

Some parents acquiesced to the policy: to add to what I consider a humiliation, they now also have to wear picture ID badges whenever they volunteer on campus. From where I stand, I can’t really tell if there has been a drop-off in volunteering, but a parent told my husband the difference is precipitous.

I wrote about this last year. Great way to keep parents away from the school.

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Comments

  1. wayne martin says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bath_School_disaster

    The Bath School disaster is the name given to three bombings in Bath Township, Michigan, USA, on May 18, 1927, which killed 45 people and injured 58. Most of the victims were children in second to sixth grades attending the Bath Consolidated School. Their deaths constitute the deadliest act of mass murder in a school in U.S. history. The perpetrator was school board member Andrew Kehoe, who was upset by a property tax that had been levied to fund the construction of the school building. He blamed the additional tax for financial hardships which led to foreclosure proceedings against his farm. These events apparently provoked Kehoe to plan his attack.

    On the morning of May 18, Kehoe first killed his wife and then set his farm buildings on fire. As fire fighters arrived at the farm, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing many of the people inside. Kehoe used a detonator to ignite dynamite and hundreds of pounds of pyrotol which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers started gathering at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and detonated a bomb inside his shrapnel-filled vehicle, killing himself and the school superintendent, and killing and injuring several others. During the rescue efforts, searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol planted throughout the basement of the school’s south wing.

  2. Would you prefer the schools let people in with warrants, or maybe child molestation convictions?

    If I write a check at Wal Mart for $10 I have to show my driver’s license. Isn’t the safety of a school full of childen worth more than that?

  3. I feel better knowing that the other parents in the school have been checked out before they come and spend time with my daughter. The logistical issues about access to the fingerprinting can be dealt with. I agree that privacy issues are important but so is my child’s safety.

  4. wayne martin says:

    Just a few of the many news reports on this topic–

    School volunteer guilty of sexual interference:
    http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Canada/2007/04/12/3992425-sun.html

    Man 89, Convicted of Molesting Girl, 13:
    http://blog.washingtonpost.com/fairfaxfocus/2005/12/man_89_convicted_of_molesting.html

    Sailor faces 13 counts of child molestation:
    http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/59942_sailor27.shtml

    Volunteer guilty of sex with boys:
    http://torontosun.com/News/TorontoAndGTA/2007/04/12/3991747-sun.html
    —-

    Times have changed .. fingerprinting and background investigations are necessary.

  5. “Would you prefer the schools let people in with warrants, or maybe child molestation convictions?

    If I write a check at Wal Mart for $10 I have to show my driver’s license. Isn’t the safety of a school full of childen worth more than that?”

    Ah, Mike, haven’t seen you around in a long time.

    But now to the point: Of course we shouldn’t let these creeps into the schools. We have enough trouble with the semi-literate union members who’re un-educating our kids.

    Good to see you standing up for a principle.

    BTW, how come a proud union member like you shops at Wal-Mart? Decent quality at low prices? There’s that nasty old thought again.