All Lafayette Parish elementary schools are slated to receive an identification security system. Anyone visiting one of the campuses equipped with the system will have to present picture identification. The ID will be scanned and checked through a sex offender database.
The school district says in about two weeks all elementary schools within Lafayette Parish will have one. The system is up and running already at Edgar Martin Middle and Broadmoor Elementary. Gwen Bertrand has two sons at Edgar Martin.
"I think its quick and efficient and I think it's a great safety mechanism,"
Edgar Martin Principal Bobby Badeaux says he learned about the system when he was searching for extra security for the school. "It actually sends out an alert to the principal, to the assistant principal and school resource officer via texting messaging."
Badeaux says it an extra added piece of precaution schools now need. The Director of Risk Management for Lafayette Parish Schools Mona Bernard says the elementary schools will be first to receive the management system
"Yes we do intend to when future funding comes available move it up to middle and high schools of course. But as you said we did start when we had realized we couldn't fund the entire project at all the schools so we started with the younger students who we felt were our most vulnerable population."
Bernard says installing the system into the other schools will require the school district identifying extra funding. "Of course I like it. It verifies who the person is," says Principal Badeaux. "A lot can happen. We want to keep the kids safe first of all."
The system being used at Edgar Martin Middle was paid for through a school fundraiser. The principal says the system wasn't very expensive. He says there is an annual fee for the program - but it's worth every penny.