District Reviews Visitor Check-in Policies After Amber Alert
TULSA, Okla. — After a McKinley Elementary School student was sent home with an unauthorized adult, the Tulsa Public School District (TPSD) in now looking into updating its security measures.
The student’s father, 30-year-old Ambrose Martinez III, had one of his friends walk into his daughter’s school and forge a relative’s name to sign her out, KJRH.com reports. Later, school officials realized the name was forged, and issued an Amber alert for the student. She was later found unharmed.
Martinez, who is now in jail, had outstanding warrants for rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
However, the episode has caused TPSD to review visitor check-in policies at all 90 schools in the district. Currently, one school in the district, Webster High School, has an identification scanner in place, which scans visitors’ drivers’ licenses and prints a pass for visitors to wear around the school. Additionally, the system checks to see if the visitor has any law violations.
Though the program has been successful, district officials said identification scanners are costly; thus, they are looking at other options.