- Filed (End of Session)
Res. No. 455
Resolution calling upon the New York City Department of Education to use electronic ID systems that would determine criminal background of school visitors.
By Council Member Cabrera
Whereas, School safety and security have increasingly become areas of concern in the wake of numerous school shooting incidents; and
Whereas, Cases of intruders entering K-12 schools and shooting students and staff have become more common and severe; and
Whereas, The deadliest mass shooting at a school in United States’ history occurred on December 14, 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children between 6 and 7 years old, as well as 6 adult staff members, were fatally shot; and
Whereas, More recently, on February 14, 2018, a mass shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people, 14 students and 3 teachers, were killed and 17 more were wounded, making it one of the world's deadliest school massacres; and
Whereas, In addition to active shooters, there are concerns that lax school security could allow those with criminal backgrounds, such as sex offenders, access to vulnerable children; and
Whereas, For those reasons, it is important to improve the monitoring of school visitors; and
Whereas, New York City public schools generally require all visitors to show identification and sign in at the front entrance before entering the school building; and
Whereas, However, there are electronic ID systems that can scan a visitor’s ID and search a criminal database or sex offender registry and, if there are no matches, print out a visitor's badge; and
Whereas, Such electronic ID systems are already in use in schools in parts of the U.S., such as the Edwardsville, Illinois School District; and
Whereas, Given the importance of protecting the lives and safety of the City’s public school children and staff; now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the New York City Council calls upon the New York City Department of Education to use electronic ID systems that would determine criminal background of school visitors.