How’s that for a sensational headline?
Today’s “From the Archives” is from May, 2000.
Uvalde High School policy required all students to wear visible photo identification at all times. Apparently it was the latest fad in school security.
Any student not wearing a badge was issued a temporary one, but was given detention. Even NASA was not so strict with their ID badges1. If you forgot a badge at Johnson Space Center, you could get a temporary ID without spending lunch in a room with a P.E. coach.
Needless to say, many students did not feel “more secure” because of the badges.
To prove the point that badges only offered false security (but mostly to have fun), I wore a different fake ID on each day of my last week of high school.
Most of the faculty either did not notice they were fake, noticed but did not care, or agreed that the badges were pointless.
Anyway, here are my two favorite badges that I wore. They are obviously forged.
I wonder if UHS still requires ID badges.
Beware the Schwartz
By the way, although I did not attempt to do so, the NASA ID badges seemed to be harder to duplicate without some expensive equipment. Besides, the guards at the gate, who were required to physically touch all security badges, would possibly notice any crude forgeries. Besides, I think such an attempt would constitute a federal offense, and I would not want to go to a Federal “PMITA” Prison.
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