LOS LUNAS, N.M. (KRQE) - Forget cash, numbers or student ID cards. Three New Mexico schools were about to start using something in their cafeterias that you might associate more with the Department of Homeland Security, to keep the lines moving and to keep kids from using other kids' lunch money.
But some parents aren't big fans of the idea.
This Wednesday would have been the first day for palm scanners, but now the Los Lunas School District is rethinking things after hearing from some parents that the new system is just too extreme.
"I just don't see the point," says Victoria Garcia. "I don't think it's a good idea."
"It is a violation of our rights," Carlos Castillo says.
"I thought it was a little extreme," Julie Rhodus says.
Parents of students at Los Lunas Elementary, Middle and High School got phone calls announcing the system would be tested there before expanding district-wide.
Superintendent Bernard Saiz says the palm scanners would keep lunch lines moving faster and prevent students from using other kids' ID cards or numbers to pay for their meals.
He says only food services and technology administrators would have access to the palm scanner data—about four people—and that it would be kept private just like students' academic records.
But too many calls to the district about it have put the plan on hold.
"It is nice to have new technology, but it does not necessarily have to be with a palm print," Castillo says. "It is kind of scary in that aspect because of what they can do with things like that."
"They do have issues getting the kids through the line with the allotted time they have for lunch and everything, but I still think it's invasive," Rhodus says.
The district spent $1,500 for the three palm scanners.
The superintendent says the district is inviting parents to a meeting on Tues., April 23 to demonstrate how the palm scanners work and to answer any questions.
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