Skip to comments.Longview ISD to track students tagged as violent (Minority Report active)
Posted on 04/30/2013 10:11:32 PM PDT by mnehring
The Longview school district will join a nationwide group that identifies students who could become violent and tracks them throughout their education regardless of where they move.
Longview ISD officials said Wednesday the district will participate in the Student Safety National Alliance starting in the 2013-14 school year.
What we are offering and introducing to you today is the Walmart for student safety and security, said interim district Superintendent James Wilcox.
About 70 school administrators and campus police officers from 25 school districts attended a school safety conference at the districts education safety center to learn about the alliance.
The alliance of schools maintains and shares a database to track students who have been deemed by school personnel to be potentially dangerous capable of committing massacres such as the ones at Columbine High School, Virginia Tech and Newtown, Conn., officials said.
Profiler Dan Korem, author of Rage of the Random Actor, said 6 percent of the nations students exhibit random actor behavioral traits character traits that indicate they could be violent.
He said about 50 percent of students are considered high risk.
Were here because of what happened at Sandy Hook. If we werent having these catastrophic acts, we wouldnt be here, Korem told school officials Wednesday.
Enrollment in the program costs districts 50 cents per student per year.
Based on the districts enrollment of about 8,700 students, the district would pay $4,350 annually to participate, said Longview ISD spokesman Adam Holland.
District officials will be able to access the searchable database to enter profiles of students whom school personnel determined to be possible threats and to see if a students name is already in the database.
The information is available only to member school districts nationwide.
Information entered about students will follow them throughout their education even if they move out of district or state, officials said.
The database can be used for students in grades kindergarten through college.
The database will not conflict with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act because the stored information will not be open to the public, officials said.
This will not violate anyones right to privacy with any act much less FERPA, Holland said.
In the Longview district, Assistant Superintendent Jody Clements and principals would be able to access the database.
Other school district administrators attending the conference said they believe the alliance has the potential to increase school safety.
Gladewater Superintendent J.P. Richardson said the program was attractive but officials his district would need more time to consider it before a decision is made.
We will digest it and look at what we have in place that is similar to this at Gladewater ISD, Richardson said. Student safety is upmost important next to academics in Gladewater ISD.
Mitzi Lloyd, Gladewater ISD assistant superintendent, said the potential to link all the databases together was an attractive feature.
James Skeeler, Pine Tree ISD assistant superintendent, said his district would also take joining the alliance into consideration.
I will need to do more research and report to the board, Skeeler wrote in an email statement.
Officials with Grand Prairie ISD, a district with about 27,000 students, said they would consider contracting with the alliance.
Having the data on kids that are so mobile is going be one of the keys to us being able to manage behavior. By knowing their background, we have a foundation instead of us having to go from ground zero and guessing about the kids background, said Grand Prairie Deputy Superintendent Vern Alexander.
The school safety alliance is not without its critics.
Branden Johnson, president of the local chapter of the NAACP, said although the database could have a positive effect on campus safety, there is a huge drawback to tagging students as troublemakers as early as kindergarten.
On the positive side, youre able to hopefully deter any major event from happening. But you have to understand this is labeling, he said.
And Johnson believes labeling has a negative impact on children and their abilities to receive a quality education.
Although the information stored in the alliances database is not available to the public, Johnson said there is nothing stopping a principal from discussing a students profile in the system with his or her teacher, something he said will damage the teacher/student relationship in the classroom.
This will adversely affect minority children, and everyone knows this, little Latino boys and girls and little African-American boys and girls, he said.
Johnson also is concerned that children who are in elementary school may end up in the system based on normal childhood outbursts, including temper tantrums.
There is too much subjective stuff involved. How many college students had behavioral problems when they were 7 years old? he said.
Johnson contends the new policy could become another pipeline that pushes students from school to prison, an issue that has caught the attention of community leaders across the U.S.
But hey, if the school district thinks this will help, OK. We are dealing with elected officials. If people dont like this, they can vote those trustees right out of office, he said.
Longview ISD also is considering joining with Richardson-based Pave Systems, a data clearinghouse that provides technology based security systems, Holland said.
Ghassan Nino, Pave Systems CEO, said his company provides technology through smart devices that will allow school officials to lock down a campus from anywhere using a smart device.
That is something we have been studying since before today. We really like the idea of being able to lock down a school from outside or inside the school, Holland said. I think you will see that in the very near future at Longview ISD.
That same smart device will simultaneously send an alert to police and first responders.
Wilcox said the alliances database and Pave Systems are giving school officials the tools they need to provide safer, more conducive learning environments.
This not only provides a bigger safety net for our students, but a bigger dragnet for the random actor or person who is going to bring harm to our campus, he said.
Of SciFi interest.
Correction on my previous note. They are labeling up to 50% of students “High Risk”, a label to be viewed and judged through their school careers because someone has a hunch.
Let that sink in for a minute.
Gadzooks! I did not realize it was a violent 6 to 7 year old Sandy Hook student... that did the killing there?
Where have I heard this before?
I don’t know. It just seems to mean nothing when I don’t know what state it’s in and then it’s a waste of my time when . . .
Oh, well. I’ll get ready for the flames because it’s worth it.
I can’t close my jaw.
Penelope: non-Boston Bombing ping
Did you try clicking on the article link?
I know. I always get told what to do when I whine about this. And then sometimes I get just even more peeved. But today I’ll just say that I scan this stuff. I see a subject and want to know what’s happening and where. I am not in the mode of taking a chance of having things go crazy on my computer and there’s that chance since it does happen about once a week and can’t the poster just have some charity and place the state name in the first comment box?
And we’re all busy. We’re the ones working and doing.
Got lives to lead.
I might be the only one, but I don’t think so.
Hmmm....if only WE could do this to POLITICIANS.
I want a nationwide tracking system for identifying all the brave new world nut jobs in education that come up with these proposals, so that our elected reps can check it to keep these nuts out of public education. They are much more dangerous to our Liberty than are the few lone nuts to our security.
Marked for later read....
I missed the part where it would ID Lanzas and prevent Sandy Hooks..
I have. This is an effing horrorshow just waiting for the curtain to go up.
One of my grandkids goes to a school where the counselor's son is the scourge of the playground. Those who are tired of being bullied by the kid are 'counseled' while mamma's little sociopath runs amok.
While that is just one real-life example of how the 'bad seed' will go ignored while others suffer for their sins. Keep in mind that Loughner (Shot Gabby Giffords, among others) was known to have "issues", but had a parent who worked on the inside at the sheriff's Dept (IIRC), and just didn't get prevented from becoming a serious problem.
How about “tracking politicians” who could be prone to corruption? Oh, the media used to do that, once upon a time.
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