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Parents question new lunch fingerprint system


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GRETNA, Neb. (WOWT) - Gretna parents are questioning a new lunch program that involves their elementary school children using fingerprints to pay for lunch.

The Westside School Public School District has used the program for the last two years, and it's been successful.

One father said he understands technology is advancing, but he just doesn't feel comfortable with this system.

"I just don't believe that at this age that kids need to be involved in biometrics," Justin Osterfoss said.

He received an email from Gretna Public Schools earlier this week discussing their new identification program to pay for hot lunches.
High-tech biometric identification in flyover country. What next? Retinal scans of preschoolers?

Gretna has a population estimated to be 5,000 with an estimated number of children (school aged or not) at around 600.

According to the Wiki article on automated fingerprint ID systems, 'Automated fingerprint identification systems (AFIS) are primarily used by law enforcement agencies for criminal identification purposes, the most important of which is the identification of a person suspected of committing a crime or linking a suspect to other unsolved crimes.' See
Just getting kids OK with the idea of constant monitoring by Big Brother is all.
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