Texas schools send children home with DNA kits to help them identify themselves “in case of an emergency.”
These kits were required by a Senate bill passed in 2021, which requires that the Texas Education Agency distribute inkless, at-home fingerprint and DNA identification kit to all Texas school districts and open enrollment charter schools. “for distribution to the parent or legal custodian of certain students,”According to the Legislative.
According to the website, these kits can be used as an optional part of the larger National Child Identification Program through Federal Bureau of Investigation.
It serves as a stark reminder of recent tragedies in Texas schools, with distribution starting in the fall.
The legislature mentions the use of the kit to find missing and trafficked kids, but some Texas parents have suggested additional meanings.
In the wake of the recent mass shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, many parents had to submit DNA to help officials identify deceased children due to the damage the weapon used in the massacre did to their remains, According to NBC News.
Brett Cross is a father of one of the Uvalde massacre victim’s. He took to Twitter to vent his frustrations at lawmakers for not taking the issue seriously.
“Yeah! Awesome! Let’s identify kids after they’ve been murdered instead of fixing issues that could ultimately prevent them from being murdered. It’s like wiping your ass before you take a shit,”Cross wrote in a Tweet.
“Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is choosing to send DNA kits to schools that parents can use to identify their children’s bodies AFTER they’ve been murdered rather than pass gun safety laws to proactively protect their lives,”Shannon Watts, who founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America in a Tweet.
Although the legislation doesn’t say that the kits will be used to identify students following a shooting incident, they would be useful in the event of an emergency. “emergency,” Texas lawmakers said the bill was initiated after a school shooting that occurred in 2018, according to the Dallas Morning News.