Tags: Polk | eyes | scan | permission

Schools Scanned Kids' Eyes Without Parents' Permission

Monday, 17 Jun 2013 01:46 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Parents in a Florida school district are fuming after learning officials failed to ask permission to scan their children's eyes for a high-tech school bus security program.

The Polk County School District claims a series of errors led to the program moving forward. Parents were told they could opt out — but only after 750 students had had their irises scanned.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike Are You Prepared?

"It sounds like a simple case of "It's better to ask forgiveness than permission," said Connie Turlington, whose 11-year-old son's eyes were scanned at the Davenport School of the Arts.

Even the interim school superintendent at the time, John Stewart, says he didn't know about the program until it was too late. District administrator Rob Davis admits his office emailed  principals in the central-Florida district too late for letters go out to the parents in time.

The company doing the scanning, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, started the scans before a contract had been signed, The Ledger reports.

"It was almost a comedy of errors," School Board attorney Wes Bridges said.

The company says it deleted the information it gathered from students, but parents say they still worry, saying nothing is ever really deleted from the Internet.

The district is no longer considering iris scans after the parents' protests, said Davis, but many parents believe the district's change of heart is coming too late.

"They have no concept of what they've done here," April Serrano, the mother of an 8-year-old, said. "I feel like my son's civil rights were violated."

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

500 Army Majors to Be Axed in Latest Budget Cuts

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 22:39 PM

Pink slips will start going out next week to about 500 Army majors – including some on duty in Afghanistan – in the late . . .

Arizona Inmate Was Injected 15 Times During Botched Execution

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 21:54 PM

During the nearly two hours it took for an Arizona death row inmate to die last week, executioners injected him with 15  . . .

Report: California Teachers Among Highest Paid

Friday, 01 Aug 2014 21:00 PM

Teachers in over half of California's schools are paid an average $84,489 a year, a new think tank survey shows.
 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved