Gadsden Schools Protect Against Sex Offenders


By James Buechele
August 28, 2013

Gadsden County, FL - The Gadsden County School District is using new equipment to keep your children safe.

Thanks to the "Raptor" system just by scanning your Florida drivers licens or valid ID the Gadsden County School District can instantly tell if a sex offender is on school grounds.

Gadsden County School District Safety Coordinator: "We are doing everything we can do to make sure our campuses are safe."

For the Gadsden County School District this includes using a new system called "Raptor". Every school has visitors check in at the front office. The staff then asks for a valid drivers license or identification.
It'll be scanned and cross checked against the sex offender list database from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE).

Bruce James, Gadsden County Schools Safety Director: "It sends out an alarm if one comes on campus. It sends out an alarm to the principal the assistant principal and myself."

Visitors are checked in a matter of seconds.

Now after they scan your ID instead of giving you a regular visitor badge they give you one with your picture on it as well as what school you're visiting.

Bruce James, Gadsden County Schools Safety Director: "It has been extemely helpful for us to identify those sexual predators."

FDLE's website let's you check the entire database anytime. Just by typing in an address, a parent can know if any sex offenders are living within a five mile radius of a school

FDLE Spokesperson: "You can also get alerts sent directly to you. You can search by name or you can search by address."

Bruce James, Gadsden County Schools Safety Director: "Our superintendent is very very serious about the safety of our school campuses."


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