What's the issue here...
Is it that kids are 'chattle' (human cattle) in society - owned by their parents who can do as they please with them, short of abuse? That they have no say in this wonderful "for your protection" system?
Is it that it's another example in a long string of pre-emptive criminalizing by Big Brother - the lack of trust of the common citizen?
Is it that fingerprinting and photo ID cards are somehow going to improve the security of the schools - or not?
And why exactly do "privacy" advocates care - you leave your fingerprints on everything you touch, and for the most part people don't run around with bags on their heads (although that's an option if you're really concerned about, say, a camera stealing your soul)? I mean, is this really "personal" information?
And lastly, who here really believes that it will "improve the search for missing children"? If they have been kidnapped/raped/killed/imprisoned, or something along similar lines - the point is they're not going to school. So the only remaining possibility is to catch non-custodial parents who are on the run with their kids. But it's not practical to run the fingerprints of each kid who starts school - it would overwhelm the database. 10% of the US population is under the age of 18, approximately - that's 28 million kids that would need to be scanned every august when school starts. Do 'ya think their "centralized database" could handle the load if it was rolled out nationally?
So I'm left to wonder - is the real reason here another initiative by the police to get everyone into "the system" ? I tend to think it is... so let's drop the charade about it being "for the kids", and be honest here - it's to be a deterrent to crime.
Society needs therapy. It's having
trouble accepting itself.