Fingerprinting Students

From respected security consultant Bruce Schneier

A nascent security trend in the U.S. is tracking schoolchildren when they get on and off school buses.  A school district in Spring, Texas, is using computerized ID badges to record this information, and wirelessly sending it to police headquarters.  Another school district, in Phoenix, is doing the same thing with fingerprint readers.  The system is supposed to help prevent the loss of a child, whether through kidnapping or accident. 

What’s going on here?  Have these people lost their minds?  Tracking kids as they get on and off school buses is a ridiculous idea.  It’s expensive, invasive, and doesn’t increase security very much.