Student IDs would solve many problems

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I watched the video of the Richmond Academy riot posted on The Augusta Chronicle Web site with great distress ("Gang arrests made in school brawl," April 22). There is a simple solution that goes a long way in preventing such a thing from ever happening in schools: student IDs.


I watched what looked like a few teachers trying to direct students away from the riot. Their efforts appeared futile as I noticed some of the same students being directed twice, even three times.


I teach at a school that requires students to wear IDs with snap-on lanyards. When fights break out and I don't know the students involved, I snatch the lanyard and they are easily identified and punished for not cooperating.


Also, The Chronicle reported, "Richmond County investigators said they think there were people at the school during the fight who were not students, and they are searching for them." If all the students were required to wear IDs, the outsiders would have been easily identified before they even entered the building.


If Superintendent Dana Bedden wants to get serious about cleaning up Richmond County schools, an ID system in each high school and middle school would be a practical place to start.


Student IDs save an unbelievable amount of trouble and confusion in schools. In my opinion, they are the ultimate safety measure.


Brian Baldowski


Augusta

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DeborahElliott2
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DeborahElliott2 04/30/08 - 06:07 am
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I agree that this is a good

I agree that this is a good idea, but to what expense? Seems nowadays, with increased gas and electric expenses, our school budget is getting into a few minor problems to where they are considering cutting school days now. Student ID's cost money and to get that, we have to come up with a way to get that money for them and right now, I am way overtaxed! The penny splost isn't effective cause our city can't even handle a budget to save its life. Hmm. How about joining forces with the kids safety packet where they take pictures and finger prints of the student and using that as a form of ID for the school? It is funded by another organization and they get that grant money from the Federal Government anyway. This would reduce the school's cost and make an effective form of ID for the schools AND police when there is trouble. This is a possible solution.

Bizarro
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Bizarro 04/30/08 - 07:04 am
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NO, NO. Wait!!!! What about

NO, NO. Wait!!!! What about the potential Dem students who may be disenfranchised by having a student I.D.
Dang people. Hee,hee,hee.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 04/30/08 - 07:19 am
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Debrorah this would work but
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Debrorah this would work but students despise wearing IDs. There has to be a system in place for when they forget their IDs. In a school of 1200-1800 you can count on at least 20-30 students forgeting their IDs on a daily basis. There has to be a system that works and there are systems that work. The money is perhaps the biggest issue but after they close a few schools next year there should be some money to pay for it. The benefits outweigh the cost in this situation, not just in occasional riots but everyday discipline problems.

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Little Lamb 04/30/08 - 07:26 am
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Crackertoy, the "system" to

Crackertoy, the "system" to be put in place if they forget their IDs is to be sent home without any breakfast. An unexcused absence. Zero tolerance.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/30/08 - 07:28 am
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That being said, I recommend

That being said, I recommend that all students enter through only one entrance with RCBE officers and teachers inspecting each student. Metal detectors for the body and X-ray machines for book bags would also help.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 04/30/08 - 08:03 am
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Of course little lamb, this
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Of course little lamb, this would be the process (maybe entering two entrances) and they would be inspected. Sending them home would be impossible to implement. A temporary ID and fines for forgetting the ID after a couple of times may work.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 04/30/08 - 08:08 am
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You forget, students who are
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You forget, students who are only coming to school because of a court order or social welfare reasons are looking for an excuse to say, "Well, THEY sent me home so I must not be doing anything to violate [whatever it is the governing bodies have determined]." So they would end up paying for ID violations at some point.

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dashiel 04/30/08 - 08:40 am
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An excellent suggestion, Mr.

An excellent suggestion, Mr. Baldowski. If Dr. Bedden and the Board agree, they might wish to meet with the folks at ASU who have designed the most sophisticated and useful ID card I have yet seen any learning institution provide. A good idea deserves to go First Class.

johnsmith
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johnsmith 04/30/08 - 08:47 am
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Hey, if they REALLY REALLY

Hey, if they REALLY REALLY don't want to be in school, and their mechanism for staying home is to purposefully "forget" their ID, then get them out of the school. What do we think they are "accomplishing," in any case???

dani
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dani 04/30/08 - 10:10 am
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No i.d. Go to the office and

No i.d. Go to the office and get a temp replacement. Limit the number per school year. NO walking through the hallways without ID tag.

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puppydog 04/30/08 - 11:07 am
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They already have student

They already have student ID's at Richmond. Apparently there is no rule in place to enforce the wearing of them and the school administration apparently doesn't check to see that everyone in the school is wearing one. Wearing their student ID at all times should be mandatory and enforced.

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imdstuf 04/30/08 - 12:20 pm
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Most of the ones fighting do

Most of the ones fighting do not care if they get caught or not. Even if they had IDs on they are still going to fight and other stupid things. They do not care about consequences.

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jack 04/30/08 - 01:15 pm
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DE, the ID tags could be used

DE, the ID tags could be used from middle thru hight school, so a one time expense. If the student loses it, the parents pay to replace it. This is a great idea. No ID, you don't go to class.

crackertroy
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crackertroy 04/30/08 - 04:51 pm
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imdstuf, they may not care
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imdstuf, they may not care but at least they will not get away with it. The students in the video Baldowski is referring to were not involved in the fight yet would not clear the halls as it was obvious this was what the teachers were trying to get them to do. With an ID attached to a lanyard all the teachers have to do is start grabbing the IDs of students who refuse to leave the scene

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