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This is a combination of CYA (“we did everything we could, we even surveilled all their communications”), and tech “magic” mentality: where new, unproven technologies are sold as an easy fix for complex societal issues. 10 years from now we’ll read about how none of this actually helped any kid in real crisis - but it’ll make a few school administrators feel good and in control for a few years.

The bigger problem is that unlike previous similar boondoggles (see D.A.R.E.), this might have lasting consequences by acclimating a generation to constant surveillance.

I’d not be at all surprised to learn D.A.R.E. went a long way to vilifying drug users.

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