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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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Oct 10, 2012 9:51PM
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These brats have 4 years to do what they are told and then they can go waste their lives without rules...just follow the rules and your high school years will be practically uneventful.
Oct 10, 2012 9:51PM
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if your child is kidnapped wouldn't you be thankful the perp wouldn't know and the cops could find your kid?!? It's not like they're filming the kids droppin' a deuce...

Oct 10, 2012 9:51PM
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This is awful...I would not allow my child to wear this, my child's privacy does not need to be interfered with.  We are human beings who deserve so much more, we are not numbers as the government wants us to be.  Why isn't this money being spent on materials for the students? ridiculous.
Oct 10, 2012 9:50PM
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A couple of things, first these tags go home with the kids and transmit up to 140 feet, so anybody with the proper software will be able to drive through neighborhoods and locate these kids!  

Second, how about the potential health risks?  It is unclear what the effects of being in close proximity to these type of signals over the long term will have.  Girls wearing them with the signal transmitting between their breasts for hours per day, I am concerned about earlier onset of breast cancer.

Our governments, whether they be local or federal, do not really care about us.  That is why this election will be a joke and the meltdown of the middle class is inevitable.
Oct 10, 2012 9:50PM
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This is wrong on so many levels.  I would protest if I were a parent.  
Oct 10, 2012 9:49PM
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Wow, where does it state that; all men were created equal, and by the way were gonna track your every move including toilet usage.  What has this country come to where our rights or lack there of are trampled on? This whole thing about being tagged, it is in the bible.............Hello........... Warning...............
Oct 10, 2012 9:49PM
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Are they going to use this card to get the birth control pills for the girls and condoms for the boys ,this is ****, you parents need to stand up for your kids freedoms.
Oct 10, 2012 9:48PM
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Ditchers end up digging ditches. So..... let em
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