(PHOTO: Andrea Hernandez protesting the RFID badges)
(January 9, 2013) Texas Judge Rules Schools Can Force RFID Chips on Students
In the fall of last year the San Antonio Northside School District in Texas announced that they would track students with RFID (radio frequency identification) chips in their student badges.
One student, sophomore Andrea Hernandez, was suspended for refusing to wear the tracking device and took the matter to court.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled in favor of the school district claiming they have the right to expel Hernandez for refusing to abide by school requirements. By default the judge ruled that the school had the right to force children to be treated like cattle while on campus.
The program, called the "Student Locator Project," is aimed at increasing student attendance rates presumably to boost in public funding for the district.
"There is something fundamentally disturbing about this school district's insistence on steamrolling students into complying with programs that have nothing whatsoever to do with academic priorities and everything to do with fattening school coffers," said John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute when he took the case.