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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Schoolgirl expelled for not wearing RFID electronic tag

COMMENT -   Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/21/schoolgirl_expelled_rfid_chip/

Look at what they are using the tag for:

"Students need the lanyard to use the library or cafeteria, vote in school elections, and in some cases for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day."


TAP - why worry?  educate at home.  make a life outside the totalitarian state system.  It has to be possible.

EXTRACT -


A plan by a San Antonio school district to continuously monitor its students using RFID has run into legal problems after one of them took a stand against being forced to use the tracking technology.
Northside Independent School District (NISD) in San Antonio, Texas has spent over $500,000 on its "Student Locator Project," a lanyard worn around the neck that has both a bar code and RFID tag built in. Students need the lanyard to use the library or cafeteria, vote in school elections, and in some cases for toilet breaks, and it allows the school to track their every movement throughout the day.
Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore student at the John Jay High School's Science and Engineering Academy in San Antonio, has been effectively expelled from school for refusing to wear the tags, citing religious, privacy, and freedom of expression reasons.
The school offered to give her a special lanyard with the RFID tag removed, but she refused to wear this, either, as it would be taken as her supporting the system. The school also stopped her from passing out leaflets to other students regarding the locator project.
"I feel it's an invasion of my religious beliefs," she told InfoWars. "I feel it's the implementation of the Mark of the Beast*. It's also an invasion of my privacy and my other rights."

After a series of talks between the school, Hernandez, and her parents, her position at the science academy was "withdrawn" and she has been reassigned to another school. The family are now taking action against the school with the help of the Rutherford Institute, a civil liberties group.

The lawsuit will put a spanner in the works for the RFID tagging scheme, since the NISD already has plans to roll out the tracking scheme to over 100,000 students under its remit. The school district is hoping the system will increase school attendance, and thus win it a grant of nearly $2m from the state government.

"This is about money, plain and simple," John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, toldThe Register. "School violence is falling and, as Bill Clinton pointed out, a public school is a very safe place for a child to be. It's all about getting funding from the RFID system."

The school has already installed over 200 CCTV cameras in an attempt to curb truancy, some of which have a live link directly to the local police department, Whitehead said. All of this, along with the RFID scheme, is paid for out of the education budget.

"What’s happening now is going to spread across the country," Whitehead said. "If you can start early in life getting people accustomed to living in surveillance society then in future it'll be a lot easier to roll these things out to the larger populace."
The school district was unavailable for comment. ®

JULIA adds -


Julia said...
The next step will be microchipping. A school I worked in had 57 CCTV cameras 2 years ago, probably more by now. A school near me in Bath has fingerprinted all pupils.
Schools and prisons have a lot in common.

Kids get used to it as normal. That will help them later on in life when they are expected to be robots working for corporates. Every move tracked. Every action instructed. No independent thought allowed.

Schools are set up with incentive schemes and punishment schemes which make sure they carry out this kind of surveillance.

Home education is still legal. The downside is that schools have a monopoly on children, so peer social life can be a bit limited. But the more people that home school, the more this balance will shift.



2 comments:

Felix Lee said...

I don't believe it's unreasonable for the school to want to track every student's acts when they are inside the school premises. After all, they have responsibility over the students while they're in the school. Of course, it will be tough to skip class like the old days but isn't that the school's point?

Julia said...

The next step will be microchipping. A school I worked in had 57 CCTV cameras 2 years ago, probably more by now. A school near me in Bath has fingerprinted all pupils.
Schools and prisons have a lot in common.
Kids get used to it as normal. That will help them later on in life when they are expected to be robots working for corporates. Every move tracked. Every action instructed. No independent thought allowed.
Schools are set up with incentive schemes and punishment schemes which make sure they carry out this kind of surveillance.
Home education is still legal. The downside is that schools have a monopoly on children, so peer social life can be a bit limited. But the more people that home school, the more this balance will shift.