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School uses ID chips to track student locations

Students who refuse tracking reportedly can’t vote for homecoming.

The Student Locator Project, which launched on Oct 1. at a San Antonio high school and middle school and could be extended to as many as 112 schools, tracks student whereabouts using embedded RFID (radio-frequency identification) chips on student ID badges.

PC World reports:

“Unlike passive chips that transmit data only when scanned by a reader, these chips have batteries and broadcast a constant signal so they can track students’ exact locations on school property, down to where they’re sitting—whether it’s at a desk, in a counselor’s office, or on the toilet.”

Photo: Barros & Barros/Getty ImagesSome parents and students are reported to have protested the program and at least a few students are refusing to wear the badges, which are required to be worn around their necks.  

The students essentially need their badges with them at all times since they are necessary to perform ordinary student functions like access the library or cafeteria and participate in any extracurricular activities – such as voting for homecoming king and queen.

"I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID," one student told WND. "I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote."

Bing: Read more news coverage about the controversy.

The district says the program is necessary to improve safety and track the number of students who attend the schools, which reportedly have high truancy rates.

MySanAntonio.com reports the pilot program will cost about $525,000 and another $136,000 a year to operate.

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Photo: Barros & Barros/Getty Images

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Jun 20, 2013 1:02AM
A few seconds on "high" in a microwave oven should fix the badge!
Jun 20, 2013 12:05AM
Finally, someone smart enough to know exactly where we're headed with all this, "The Mark of The Beast"! Laugh about it, say it isn't so, but The Bible doesn't make mistakes, or has not made any to this day!!!
Jun 19, 2013 11:56PM
Why does the school feel it needs to know the exact location of every student anyway? It's none of the school's business where the students are located as long as the school is in the free world. I would raise hell about that if I were a student or parent.
Jun 19, 2013 11:51PM
Not to many people will agree with me, but the coming of Christ "Jesus" is at hand, not even knocking at our doors anymore. Jesus is already inside, and asking those whom believe in Him to pack-up we're going home! Many will stay behind because of unbelievers, but now is the time to at least read just one Chapter of the bible, 'just one', and see that everything he says in that Chapter has been fulfilled, and if you don't believe me, read The book of Mathew chapter 24, that's it, just that chapter will either open your eyes, or nothing will, and you're going to finally see the 7 yrs. of termoil proclaimed in the Bible, but it's only going to be 3 1/2 for the first half years of so-called peace and then in the next 3 1/2 years of the anti-christ, you're going to wish you had believed in that one CHAPTER! Blessed be The Lord, we're finally going home forever!
Oct 11, 2012 10:15PM
I think they should come up with a program that a parent can log on to a site with there student ID and a parent password to see if there kid was at school during school hours.  Meaning a log of the student.  
Oct 11, 2012 7:13PM

Do the teachers and principles have these as well? Cops love to put these on suspects cars but have fought putting them on police cars.

Oct 11, 2012 6:00PM
when would common sense wake up in people and things like this stopped for good?
Oct 11, 2012 4:02PM
I think its a good idea as long as its in a badge, the military already does it and so does some credit card companies...now if you place it under the skin into the hand or into the forehead NOW I have a problem with it...
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