School DNA kits not in response to mass shootings

The delivery of the kits to parents is part of a law that was passed in 2021, almost a year before Uvalde.

TEXAS, USA – Parents across Texas received letters this week telling them they will soon be receiving child identification kits for children in kindergarten through 8th grade.

The kits are used to collect the child’s DNA and fingerprints in an emergency.

But after the Robb Elementary School shooting, which required using DNA to identify killed students, many parents are outraged.

In response, Anthony asked us to verify the following:

“Is it true that the state of Texas is giving out free DNA kits to K-8 students to aid in the ID process after a mass shooting?”

Our source for this is Dr. Bob Sanborn, President and CEO of children at riska nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to tackling the root causes of poor government policies that affect children.

He can prove that this is not true.

He said supplying the kits to parents is part of a law passed in 2021, almost a year ahead of Uvalde.

“However, the law was clear, it is because of human trafficking. We didn’t have any mass shootings where we needed ID when this law was passed,” said Dr. Sanborn.

He said the original intent was not mass shootings but to assist in the search and return of a missing or trafficked child.

“If you’re looking for your child, if you think your child is being trafficked, and you often don’t see those children for a couple of years. I think the idea of ​​being able to quickly identify them through DNA is reasonable,” said Dr. Sanborn.

While he said the kits could be used in mass shootings like that at Robb Elementary, he said the timing for the release of those kits, less than five months after Uvalde, was bad.

“For this to be launched in the face of Uvalde is kind of macabre,” said Dr. Sanborn. “I think what might have started out as a good idea a few legislatures ago has turned into a very bad idea.”

So we can check if this is wrong. The DNA kits aren’t being sent out because of school shootings, but that doesn’t mean they couldn’t be used to identify victims.

The author of the original bill, Sen. Donna Campbell, MD, also says the kits are not an answer to Uvalde.

“I’ve noticed that there is some confusion as to the intent of the child ID kits that are currently being distributed in schools,” Senator Campbell said. “The Child ID Kits for Safe Recovery Act was passed back in 2021 to provide assistance in reuniting missing and trafficked children. I hope these kits will give parents reassurance.”

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