The Skowhegan, Maine, police chief wants to provide ID kits to the school district’s 1,500 elementary school children.
The kits would contain descriptions of the children, fingerprints, dental records, a photo, and a DNA sample in the form of a strand of hairinformation that would help in case of an abduction, according to Chief Butch Asselin.
“God forbid anything should happen to them, but this is one more thing parents can do,” he said.
The Skowhegan Lions Club has agreed to buy the booklets for children from kindergarten through sixth grade. Asselin said he would want the project to be ongoing by providing the kits to the approximately 200 children who enter kindergarten each year.
The club, state police, and Somerset County Sheriff’s Department have agreed to take the fingerprints and digital photos and assemble the information. Parents would be responsible for keeping the kits.
The project still needs approval from the town’s selectmen and the school district’s board of directors. But SAD 54 Superintendent Bruce W. McGray said he believes that although the project would be daunting, it would win support. “I don’t think it’s impossible to make this work,” he said.