RT @daveyalba: Last month, I went to Lockport City in upstate New York, right after the public school district’s facial recognition system had been turned on.
School district officials are adamant that the tech benefits the students (including kids as young as 5). https://t.co/COe1qqyxNJ
I'm curious to know how many school shootings or similar incidences this technology would actually stop. The article mentions the stoneman douglas shooting as the kid was suspended but didn't mention others. I'm not really convinced this tech makes the schools that much safer that it's worth the massive privacy invasion.
It was less than two minutes between when the student entered the school and began shooting. It was less than one minute after that that 911 was alerted.
At ABSOLUTE best this system can save 3 minutes. That's assuming that the system has enough coverage and a large enough database to match students incredibly quickly. It's also assuming the student isn't smart enough to don facial recognition thwarting technology (The first time a school shooter does this, every school shooter will be made aware of it by the media).
Now lets take the budget associated with this system and put it towards better mental health, early intervention systems, or maybe counteracting the egregious disparity between discipline for white and non-white students in the Lockport school district.
There's money to be made on these security systems and the consulting that goes with it. There's one police officer in the Southtowns who is the "safety officer" for a lot of districts down there. I had to go to one of his seminars; it consisted of him showing a dramatic video of a school shooting (THAT didn't give me nightmares or anything) and then bragging about how important he is and how his children LOVE lockdown drills, and finally educating us with a bunch of acronyms that only SWAT members would understand. Administrators love it because they get to humblebrag about how safe their schools are, and he gets a nice side gig from it.
Meanwhile, so many kids who need mental health counseling don't get it at all. This isn't even mentioning the fact that any school that a playground or windows in the classroom faces a risk.