Texas Schools Punishing Students That Refuse To Be Tracked with Microchips, Smartcards

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 10 2012 9:55 AM
The Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio sparked a controversy when it rolled out its "Student Locator Project," which requires students to wear ID badges with embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) chips on a lanyard around their neck. Students are required to wear the tracking badges at all times during school hours and when attending certain school events, and those who refuse are reportedly being denied access to areas like the cafeteria or library.

NISD's goal is to expand the project to 112 Texas schools and around 100,000 students as a means to combat against truancy, but it's already being met with resistance by some students and parents at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School, the two facilities that kicked off the program on October 1. Those refusing to wearing the badges over privacy concerns have reportedly been threatened with suspensions, fines, and even involuntary transfers.

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The district in question has a high rate of truancy, and by improving attendance, NISD could receive as much as $2 million in state funding. According to a local newspaper, NISD spent $525,065 to implement the pilot program and will continue to spend $136,005 per year to keep it running.

In addition to privacy concerns, the website ChipFreeSchools.com brings up the issue of health.

"Children should never be used as test subjects for technology, no matter what their socio-economic status. If schools choose to move forward without complete information and are willing to accept the associated liability, they should have provisions in place to adhere to the principles of fair information practices and respect individuals’ rights to opt out based on their conscientious and religious objections," the website says.


It's a big can of worms NISD opened. Another argument in opposition to requiring students to wear RFID tags is that it could dissuade certain kids from seeking out counseling when needed because the tags will document their presence at places like the counselor's office.

What do you think about all this? Sound off in the comments section below!
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ECouts replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 11:07 AM

Take an RFID signal blocker to school. Have a few blackouts here and there and see if they try to fight you on it.

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lipe123 replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 1:10 PM

@ECouts

Or attend classes and get a proper education instead of smoking weed in the dark corners and making some girl pregnant behind the stands!

If there is ONE thing the world needs now more than ever its properly educated people. The amount absolute morons that I have to deal with on a daily basis is serious cause for concern!

Props to these schools!

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Zzimm13 replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 2:46 PM

@Lipe123

Are you a Nazi?? These kids are getting their privacy rights violated. No one should ever have to be monitored 24/7.

If a kid is going to smoke weed in a dark corner, their going to smoke whether they have a chip on them or not. By putting a kid in class who isn't motivated to learn and force education down their throat will not work, it'll cause them to lose interest even more.

Plus these RFID chips emit a strong signal that projects outward of 140 ft every 45 seconds 24/7. So now your running the risk of radiation exposure and potential health risks.

This is purely wrong and I'm glad kids and parents in the school district are standing up for their rights. The school can threaten all they want to suspend students but it's in the Texas AND U.S. Constitution that no school and deny you a free education based on your beliefs.

I believe this is a way to condition our younger generation to be tagged like cattle so Big Brother can monitor us in the future without meeting opposition. What's next?? RFID chips in our wrists??

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RTietjens replied on Wed, Oct 10 2012 9:05 PM

@lipe123 - Regardless of rights violations, the odds of getting proper education in Texas are directly proportional to how much money Daddy has - no private school? Then you get a McDonald's-class "education."

And narrow-minded right-wingers like you who oppose funding public schools, and who oppose teaching science instead of superstition are directly responsible for that situation.

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The thing that worries me is just how dumb the people being interviewed are. How in any way, shape or form, does this impact your religious freedom/belief? Not at all idiots. Paedophiles are going to hack it? Yeah, because tracking you while you are on your school grounds is really useful. You guys are idiots. You want them to get rid of the system? Pretend to comply, but subvert it so that they are constantly getting false readings on your location, be it through cloning the chip, or editing the chips or even just clearing it. This is exactly the sort of thing I would have loved at school. They are giving you an awesome tool for mischievous fun. USE IT. All that said, I am totally against this system. You cannot force kids to show up to classes that make them feel dumb. Fix that problem and you are good to go.

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