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 May 31, 2013  Youth & Schools

RT reports:

Parents in Polk County, Florida are outraged after learning that students in area schools had their irises scanned as part of a new security program without obtaining proper permission.

Students at three facilities — an elementary school, a grade school and a high school — had their eyeballs scanned earlier this month as part of a ‘student safety’ pilot program being carried out by Stanley Convergent Security Solutions.

Read more about the Eye Swipe Nano program on RT.

The parental response was so negative and immediate that the program has been put on hold – at least temporarily. Merissa Green of The Ledger reports:

The Polk County School District has suspended a pilot program that scanned the eyes of students to track their comings and goings on school buses.

The program was conducted May 22-23 at Bethune Academy and Jenkins Academy in Haines City and Davenport School of the Arts.

Some parents at those schools were outraged that they weren’t notified about the program. As a result, the program has been placed on hold although district officials are still considering implementing the program, which would require School Board approval. It was scheduled to begin districtwide in the fall, when the new school year starts.

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