Are school security scanners really needed?

southeasthighNew security systems being tested in four Wichita public schools seem like an expensive solution in search of a problem. The systems scan the driver’s licenses of parents and other school visitors and check them against a nationwide database of sex offenders. In addition to privacy concerns and logistical problems, including the fact that the offices at some schools aren’t by the front door, it is unclear why this system is needed. Are there sex offenders wandering the halls of schools? Based on feedback through Friday, the district plans to select a preferred system and begin using it districtwide this fall. Here’s some feedback: Skip the scanners and put the money in the classrooms.