September 6, 2012
I have been watching the news about Edmond Schools’ new Lobby Guard checkpoint system that requires visitors to scan their driver’s license for an instant background check.. Schools in Jenks have had the devices for a while but they are new to the central Oklahoma area. I know there is some concern from parents but I have yet to see any of the concerns addressed by the media. (Correct me please, if I am wrong.) If you are an Edmond parent who has misgivings about the new systems, you might think that you are alone. I assure you that you are not.
Mark Sharpton, Logan County Commissioner asks some very good questions about the new system. Parents in Edmond should be empowered to have their concerns and questions addressed thoroughly before meekly swiping their driver’s licenses and ID cards as well.
Just How Far Should the Government Go
Opinion by Mark Sharpton
Published August 26, 2012
Typically my updates are about county road and bridge improvements but this time I want to address an issue related to liberty. Liberty comes from the Latin word libertas, meaning “unbounded, unrestricted or released from constraint.” It contains the idea of being separate and independent. I have given thought to this lately since learning that several schools in the state have chosen to begin conducting instant background checks on visitors, including grandparents wanting to have lunch with their grandchildren. As I understand it, some schools are setting up a kiosk which scans a person’s driver’s license before allowing them to enter. The scan will check for outstanding warrants, divorce issues and sex offenders, and then action will be taken in response to what is found. While I understand the concept of trying to protect children, is this really the role of school officials? Just how much power do we want government to have in “protecting” us?