Couple Sues Over Background Checks At Their Kid's School
You can hardly visit your kid's school these days without handing over your license to have a background check done to make sure you're not some child-raping murderer.
It can be a bit of a hassle if you're, say, a conscientious parent who may not be the most legal resident of the US but still wants to participate in your kid's education (Cue outraged response of the "Send `em back to Mexico" crowd).
Or, we guess, if you actually are a child-raping murderer.
An Austin couple, who are both legal and non-raping, has filed suit against a school district over the checks, which are mostly done by a Houston company.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-6PM
TicketsSun., Mar. 26, 10:00am
Rice Owls Men's Baseball vs. Florida International University Men's Baseball
TicketsSun., Mar. 26, 1:00pm
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 10AM-3PM
TicketsMon., Mar. 27, 10:00am
Gridiron Glory: The Best of Pro Football HOF -- 3PM-8PM
TicketsMon., Mar. 27, 3:00pm
Yvonne and Larry Meadows say the checks by Raptor Systems violate their privacy, and they don't feel too comfortable handing all that info over to a private company.
"Raptor sold (their system) on this 'registered sex offenders, we need to be on guard,' idea but it was primarily a visitor management system," Meadows told a reporter.
The lawsuit is the first of its kind against Raptor, which serves 5,000 schools nationwide.
We're checking to see if Houston is one of them; even if they're not, they do ask for drivers licenses when you sign in as a visitor.
Update: HISD spokesman Norm Uhl confirms that "many of our schools" use the Raptor system.
-- Richard Connelly
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Houston, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.