Controversial proposal calls for NJ students to wear photo IDs around their neck

Posted at 10:12 AM, Mar 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-13 10:48:57-04

VERONA, New Jersey (PIX11) – A proposal to have students at Verona High School wear their identification cards on lanyards around their necks is meeting stiff opposition from some.

School Board member Glenn Elliott says the proposal from the Verona schools superintendent is aimed at making schools safer but he doubts it will work.

High school students would wear their Identification cards on lanyards around their necks in school so that in an emergency police would be able to easily tell the difference between students who should be in the school and adults who should not.

But the idea has angered some including Elliott who told The PIX 11 Morning News ” I don’t see the security benefit from  the idea. I do see an erosion of civil liberties”  Elliott says he is also concerned the idea would change the culture of the school.

However, one student told PIX 11 the idea could be good if it makes kids feel safer and that most kids aren’t to concerned about the plan.  Elliott admits not many on the board share his view. It’s all part of a pilot program that begins this month.