Facial recognition: Why not in schools?

Some schools are already doing it!
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Many schools have security systems that include cameras sending live feeds that are monitored by security personnel.

The AP reports that some Lockport, NY  schools are going a step further by implementing facial recognition technology that checks each face against a database of expelled students, sex offenders, disgruntled employees and other possible troublemakers.

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In addition, the system can be programmed to scan for some weapon “tells” (think: guns or knives in waistbands) and can be matched against a complete file of student and faculty pictures.

Though the system has potential life-saving benefits, some folks are opposing it…

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Among the opponents concerns:

1) Cost … the systems aren’t cheap (but how much is a child’s life worth?)

2) Not fool-proof … not likely to catch all potential attackers (yeah, but what if it catches one?)

3) Privacy … the system is too intrusive (but Facebook info-sharing isn’t?)

4) False positives … facial recognition systems sometimes have difficulty ID’ing persons of color and women (but, aren’t most attackers white males?)

Strikes me that these downsides are all somewhere between silly and manageable…

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