How Schools Protect Students From Predators - Northern Michigan's News Leader

How Schools Protect Students From Predators

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From intensive background checks to creating programs that encourage students to come forward, schools say protecting students from predators is a top priority.

At Manton Consolidated Schools, every staff member or volunteer who spends more than six hours with a student on a regular basis is fingerprinted and must clear intensive state and federal checks.

The district says if anyone who has contact with kids is arrested, the information is entered into a computer system and school officials receive a notification.

Another crucial step is educating students and staff about the dangers of social media, technology that gives predators another way to reach their victims.

However, the superintendent says more tools are in place than ever before to protect children.

Kyle Mitchell and Photojournalist Jacob Johnson have more on how districts work to keep students from becoming victims.