Identification cards are nothing new to students in other parts of Michigan, but the idea hasn't exactly caught on here in mid-Michigan until now. Come Monday, students will be required to wear them during school hours. It all stems from an assault on school grounds last month.
A 16-year-old Eastern student was beaten up by a trespasser, 17-year-old Jeremy Lee. Lee is charged with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and the student is still hospitalized. In an effort to prevent other strangers from getting into the school, students will be issued identification cards.
Eastern High School is the first in mid-Michigan to require students to wear the cards. Tia Franklin, parent of an Eastern student, thinks it's a good idea. Parent Rolando Presas also thinks it's a smart move, adding it should be a good way to increase security at the school.
Students will wear the cards around their necks, attached to a lanyard, then left in their lockers when it's time to go home. If a student misplaces or forgets his or her card, a new one will be issued. But if it happens a second, third, fourth, or fifth time, the student will be fined up to $10.
The cards will be handed out Monday, the first day students are required to wear them.