MARSHALL — Marshall ISD recently implemented a new rule to increase safety for all students on campus.
Marshall ISD Superintendent Jerry Gibson said Tuesday that all Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School students are now required to wear their student ID in a lanyard around their neck at all times while on campus during school hours.
“ID cards have been issued to every student at Marshall High School and Marshall Junior High School,” Gibson said. “This is 100 percent a safety matter. This is an additional safety measure we can take to keep our kids safe while at school.”
A recent incident at Marshall High School spurred the new measure, Gibson said.
“This came about because we had a situation in the fall where a (person) came in one morning, just walked into the school with the other students, hid out and waited, then had a fight with a student,” Gibson said. “This person wasn’t even a student. I asked how he got in with nobody noticing that he didn’t have a student ID, and I realized that our students weren’t required to wear their IDs visible on them at all times.”
Gibson also found out that the high school campus’s badge machine no longer worked.
“We ordered two new machines, one for the high school and one for the junior high, and we ordered a bunch of cards and lanyards,” Gibson said. “This is just another opportunity for us to keep our kids and campus safe following a direct incident that happened on campus. That was a prime example.”
Beginning Thursday, students caught not wearing their ID in their lanyard around their neck will be punished.
On the first violation, students will be issued a warning and required to wear a visitor sticker. The second time, a parent or guardian will be contacted and the student will be issued after-school detention.
The third infraction will result in parent or guardian contact and required Thursday night school. The fourth infraction will result in one day at In School Suspension, and the fifth infraction will mean a three-day trip to ISS.
Gibson said the measure isn’t meant to be punitive but to enhance safety.
“We do have a buzz in system now at the high school, but what if someone opened a back door for someone else,” he said. “This is just another way to ensure our students are as safe as they can be.”