UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am
WACO -- With more than 1,000 sex offenders living in Central Texas, the Killeen school district is doing something to protect their students. They're getting new technology that will hopefully keep sex offenders away from students.
If you've ever taken a look at your neighborhood on the registered sex offender list, you might be surprised to see where sex offenders live. Killeen schools are doing their part keeping these offenders away by putting i-d scanners in place. Something Waco ISD highly recommends.
"Children are our business. We want to ensure that every child that comes in through these doors is safe. So, there can never been anything such as over-protecting students," said Cesar Chavez Middle School Principal, Alfredo Loredo.
The system is designed to indicate which visitors are sex offenders by checking a data base of registered offenders. School officials will take your ID, place it in the scanner, and an instant report will notify them if you are a sex offender. If an alert is sent back, school officials check to make sure if you match the person in the system. If so, alerts are sent notifying administrators, and schools would make sure the offender doesn't leave the office area.
This is something parents say gives them peace of mind. "You have all these predators and pedophiles in the world, and you never know who might try to slide in and abduct a child," one parent told Fox 44.
As of now, Killeen uses security cameras in addition to taking IDs from visitors while they are in the buidling.
Parents and visitors can expect the new system to begin inin Jan. when students return to school.