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.