Amid the highly-publicized spate of #massshootings in #America, one #publicschool district is set to impose unprecedented #policestate tactics to ensure “security” and safety for students.
Starting next school year, schools in #NewYork’s Lockport district will be equipped not only with bulletproof glass and surveillance cameras but also with #facialrecognition technology used by police forces and military units. “We always have to be on our guard. We can’t let our guard down,” Lockport Superintendent Michelle T. Bradley told Syracuse.com. “That’s the world that we’re living in. Times have changed. For the Board of Education and the Lockport City School District, this is the No. 1 priority: school security.” “When it comes to safety and security, we want to have the best possible,” Depew Superintendent Jeffrey R. Rabey said. “From what I’ve seen, there’s no other like it.” The Depew school system is also working to obtain the same Aegis system, supplied by the #Canadian company SN Technologies. It is part of the school district’s $2.75 million push for security, which includes 300 digital cameras.
According to Tony Olivo, an Orchard Park security consultant who helped develop the system, Lockport schools will be the first in the world to use the facial recognition technology, though other schools in the U.S. do employ other kinds of facial recognition. He noted that “Scotland Yard, Interpol, the Paris police and the French Ministry of Defense” already use it.
Olivo also said Lockport schools were used in test videos the Aegis software developers used as they created the technology. The district has been eyeing the technology since the 2012 #SandyHook shooting and is paying for it with funds secured with New York state’s Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014.
Though school officials are enthusiastic about the new additions, facial recognition technology has a questionable track record. More at @freedom_faction #Technocracy #SurveillanceState