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After Uvalde, Texas Public Schools Send Home DNA Kits For Kids

• Vice

It's the first program of its kind since the deadly mass-shooting. Security experts worry it sends families the wrong message.

This week, Texas public schools plan to distribute DNA and fingerprint identification kits to guardians of students in kindergarten through middle school. The Child Identification Program, which became a law in 2021, requires the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to provide inkless in-home fingerprint and DNA identification cards to the guardians of children in the public school system in the state. 

After DNA is gathered, the parent or legal guardian is asked to hold onto the child identification cards for law enforcement use in cases of emergency including if they go missing or are suspected of being human trafficked. 

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