A Lake Charles, Louisiana elementary school is trying to implement a new programme in their cafeteria. But a palm vein scanner is being met with much opposition from Moss Bluff Elementary parents. "I was very, very mad," said parent Mamie Sonnier. "Disappointed."
Many parents felt that way on Monday after reading a letter sent home with their children from the school. The letter introduced a new programme, the palm vein scanner, to move students through the lunch line at a faster rate. With almost 1,000 students, Principal Charles Caldarera says the system will reduce errors.
Sonnier says she's against the palm vein scanner because of her beliefs. "As a Christian, I've read the Bible, you know go to church and stuff," said Sonnier. "I know where it's going to end up coming to, the mark of the beast. I'm not going to let my kids have that." Caldarera says a lot of parents agree with her, but he says it's just technology. "I think a lot of this has to do with religious beliefs," said Caldarera.
"I think some people feel it's something with the Bible, mark of the beast. It's technology that is used throughout our lives. Everywhere." He says the system isn't on campus yet, so students' palms won't be scanned any time soon. But Sonnier says if the programme comes to campus, her children aren't participating and won't be around it either. "I'd probably pull them out of the school, and transfer them to another school," said Sonnier.