Child Identification Finger Printing

By: Rachel Alig Email
By: Rachel Alig Email

Most of the time we go to Movie Gallery, to simply, rent movies. Today, however, the store was offering much more than just a romantic comedy or a sci-fi. Marcus Johns is the Store Manager for Quitman's Movie Gallery. He explains the importance of today's special offering.

"We are promoting self awareness for child identification finger printing. It's just a community service that we are hoping to provide to protect our children, not only today, but in the future," says Johns.

So finger printing is not just about the safety of children today. It's a measure that considers children's safety in the future. As Clarke County Sheriff Todd Kemp explains, finger printing children can help in the most traumatic of times.

With the event, possibility that one gets lost or abducted, we'll have these finger prints on file here. We hope that never happens but we will their prints on file and maybe help us locate these children somewhere in the future. Their parents will always have these so we can follow up on them someday."

An abduction, a kidnapping, a missing child. These are all a parents' worst nightmare. Should they become reality, finger prints can provide assistance in a big way.

"It is a great thing because if you look at statistics all over the nation you have children that come up missing or something like that and there is always a possibility that the child may grow up one day raised in a different atmosphere and we'll have those finger prints to maybe verify the child's identity," says Sheriff Kemp.

Finger printing can be helpful for police officers and other officials. It also provides reassurance to parents like Jennifer Rigdon.

"It makes me feel very safe because I know that the way things are now, if something were to happen that they have everything they need right here on record. They'd be easier to find," says Rigdon.

Rigdon would like to see her kids out and about on their own. She says this can't always happen.

"It shouldn't be that way. Your kids should be able to go out and ride their bikes, and go to the store, and walk around without you being right on top of them and go to the park. They're not safe anywhere, so yeah, this is a necessity," exclaims Rigdon.


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