Texas schools to distribute DNA kits to help identify children after ‘emergencies’

Primary schools across Texas are now required by the Texas Education Agency to dispense DNA and fingerprint kits to parents to use in the event of an emergency thanks to a new law.  

The law, which was passed back in 2021 by Texas lawmakers, requires schools to offer fingerprint and DNA I.D. cards to parents. These cards can be used by law enforcement or other officials to identify children in the event of an emergency. The obvious implication is that they could be used in a situation where a student’s body is too badly mangled to be identified.

DNA samples were used to identify victims after the Robb Elementary school shooting in Uvalde earlier this year.

The program is available for students in kindergarten all the way to 8th grade. The program is completely optional for families and is also billed as a system that can help identify children in other situations.

Critics say this plan does nothing to actually prevent school shootings. Texas is one of the most gun-friendly states and often draws the ire of progressives that say they aren’t doing enough to prevent mass shootings.

Read the full bill here. (SCRIBD)

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