School Security System Targets Sex Offenders

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A new security system that checks visitors through the national sex offender registry is now active in all Cabell County Schools.

The visitor management system allows school officials to check all visitors through the national sex offender registry.

A secretary in the school's main entrance scans the visitor's ID, and results are given within minutes.

If cleared, a name tag with the person's picture is printed and given to them.

If they don't clear the system, school officials then ask that person to leave the school grounds.

The school system's Director of Communications, Jedd Flowers, said this is something they'v worked towards for the past three years.

The check does take a few extra minutes, but Guyendotte Elementary School Secretary, Carrie Blankenship, says it's worth it.

"If it keeps a bad person from a child, it is worth it," said Blankenship. "I know it can be annoying to parents and visitors who come in though."

Each school already has a series of locked doors, of which visitors must be buzzed in from the office, but the new visitor management system is new for this year.

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