But, Big Brother will be welcomed through the door



So how much of a need is there for this latest form of electronic invasiveness? Is Burbank having a problem with child molesters roaming through the halls?

Since when?

Sounds like pretext for more top-down authority and officiousness. Because it always is…


Burbank School District Announces New System to Screen All Visitors


By Craig Sherwood On August 7, 2017

The Burbank Unified School District announced that they will begin using a visitor management system in all school sites as well as our District buildings at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. The system will better allow the district to track visitors, contractors, and volunteers in our buildings and provide a with a safer, more monitored environment for students and staff.

Upon entering a school site/district building, visitors will be asked to present a valid photo ID, which will be scanned into the system. Upon reading the information, Raptor will check the national database to identify sexual offenders.


What a name, Raptor. That hostile imagery really fits within a schoolhouse setting now too, doesn’t it?

And why do they need this obvious checkpoint of fear in all of the district buildings? The Adult School too? (Hint: they don’t.)


It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. Additional visitor data from the ID is not gathered nor is the system connected to any other system such as the Department of Motor Vehicles. Therefore, any other information connected to the visitor’s ID is not part of the system and is not accessible to any of the users.


Not so. The individual school districts can program all sorts of additional information into the system for both exclusion and retention purposes. Fear of marauding “sex offenders” is just the beginning, a mere foot in the door. And, eventually they will. (See article and website below)


Once entry is approved, Raptor will issue a badge that identifies the visitor, the date, and the purpose of his/her visit.

If you are interested in learning more about the visitor management system, please visit the Raptor Technologies website http://www.raptorware.com .

The safety of students is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our students. Therefore, all visitors to the school must be scanned into the system and obtain a visitor badge. The visitor badges must be returned to the office at the conclusion of the visit.


Why do you have to return them? And what happens to the visitor information afterwards?

Again, how many sex offenders have been swarming our Burbank halls? Is being a registered sex offender automatic grounds for exclusion? Most sex convictions have nothing to do with children, btw. And what if it’s a parent who’s on the list? Or someone else legitimate without criminal purpose.

They gonna put a big red ‘A’ on their badge?

California law doesn’t allow local school districts to preemptively ban all sex offenders from being on campus btw, and so what’s the point of this screening? This PR blurb doesn’t acknowledge either that Burbank already checks each school entry for legitimate purpose before allowing them in.

It’s been years since anyone can just come in and wander around the schools. Most people don’t know that, do they?

This rationale for “Raptor” is all so bogus and pretextual, bound together of course by parental insecurity and hysteria and a strongly cultivated fear of the Other. That’s how these guys make their money.

The Raptor website btw includes a hilarious article about the Alhambra school district that only ends up playing against the need for the system itself. You know how many sex offenders they caught over there last year via each documented Raptor entry?

One. And no mention about whether it was legitimate or not. That’s because it probably was.


Alhambra Unified implemented the system during the 2016-17 school year.

So far, the system has caught one sex offender attempting to come onto a campus, Bear said, along with a number of false positives.

“It’s become well-known in the community, and that’s half the prevention right there,” Bear said.


Nice try. And what about those unfortunate number of “false positives”?

Hi Mom and Dad! Too bad you were held at the door as a convicted criminal.

More dismalness here. Welcome to your kids’ future.



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7 responses to “But, Big Brother will be welcomed through the door

  1. Anonymous

    From the website-
    Other districts add in local gang members, he said. And one Raptor sales representative in Tennessee found himself flagged by the district’s local database, Vesterman said, for an outstanding cafeteria balance.

    Sounds really creepy.

    • semichorus

      These companies are all creepy in the way they exploit this scary crap in order to make money.

      I can’t stress this enough. Burbank ALREADY screens all school entries. So no one can get on these campuses anyway unless they have a GOOD REASON to be there in the first place.

      And California law FORBIDS school districts from just banning sex offenders in that completely overriding a fashion. They’re allowed in if for good purpose — like a parent or repair agent on legitimate business. The only thing they can’t do is take part in student activities. AND they have to register with the school.

      They KNOW THAT too, legally. If they don’t, they’ll get re-arrested.

      So what’s the purpose of this “screening”? Only legitimate visitors can get in these days. Strangers can’t wander around.

      No, this is all just a phony sales point. Monitoring “sex offenders!” is the appealing entre. The company’s own website proves it!

      God, I hate these people. It’s just all so dishonest. And ominous.

  2. Irwin Fletcher

    They also screen for people that are subjects of restraining orders. I would imagine this would also free up office staff to answer phones and deal with other tasks instead of stopping for every visitor.

    • semichorus

      But they’re claiming Raptor won’t do that. The office staff is who I think will be doing this Raptor stuff, too.

      I guarantee that “Raptor” will very soon be used for everything, including dinging parents for bills. This sex offender! thing is just an emotional pretext for getting it installed.

      What a name, Raptor. Incredibly ugly and hostile.

  3. John

    Now why do I think Sherwood would feel this is just a great idea ? These people seem to think progressive means monitoring everyone and controlling everything.

    • semichorus

      I think it has more to do with authority, and showing people who’s boss.

      I don’t know any progressives or leftists who like to be monitored, or entered into a database.

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