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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 11, 2012 12:57AM
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All the school administrators are doing, is conditioning the kids for what is to come in the future when they become adults. Already, many employers are using this technology. Soon, it will be a condition {being chipped} for receiving government benefits.  If we do not stand up to this menace NOW, it will be too late in the very near future. I REFUSE TO BE CHIPPED, OR TO RECEIVE THE MARK OF THE BEAST!
Oct 11, 2012 12:54AM
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Here's the beginning of big brother watching our children's every move ....next comes the imbedded chip..... in us all.....
Oct 11, 2012 12:54AM
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You need to find out what Republican politician is getting his pockets lined with cash. Texas decides how thier schools are run and they are the ones that impliment these things. Imagine what it's going to cost for every school in TEXAS? Wait 'till they raise your taxes for this expensive albatross. They're going to hang this expense around the necks of all tax payers!! Just like George Bush left us with a 10 trillion dollar deficit! Where the hell is the truant officers? I know! The Republicans said they can't afford them right and this is cheaper? NOT!! Go back to the OLD way!!!
Oct 11, 2012 12:54AM
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To hell with any tracking device it is unconstitutional to have an ID chip report your every move to a third party. Right to education yes but illegal tracking is just BS. #1 put the ID card into the microwave (like daewooparts said) if you have one or put it into a press and disable the chip even an earth magnet might work. #2 someone can still this ID card commit a crime while wearing it, then put it back and guess what: .America at it's best again your guilty we tracked your movement and you were there. NO I was taking a **** in the restroom, no your ID shows otherwise. Can you see the problems this bring aside from invasion of privacy..... I am sure you can think of many  other examples. Some may need to read again the BS. " 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. So from this double statement " need their badges with them at all times" but I read they need it for " functions like access the library or cafeteria and participate in any extracurricular activities – such as voting for homecoming king and queen". So they DO NOT need it at all times do they???? and 112 schools to boot........Here is the best part:
NO ID to vote for president but need one to visit him in the white (DEVIL) house, or ID to meet with M.Obama even though she is fight for no ID laws same deal for 90% of the traitors occupying gov positions.. CAN YOU SEE THE BS here and everyone posted is right on every thing said. Lets not go down the wrong path but I believe Ron Paul spoke of this and many others intrusive/unconstitutional issues too. We can no longer trust/believe in our judicial system so learn history and prepare for the future, the gov is as this article is about more gov control this is what it really is people.
Oct 11, 2012 12:50AM
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                                              6 6 6  I S NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 11, 2012 12:50AM
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I don't have children in school now, only grandchildren, but I can tell you I would NOT want my children to have to wear a chip.  But then, when my children were in school I made sure they were "in school" where they were supposed to be and if something happened that they were not in school where they were supposed to be they were either out with my knowledge or, believe me, there were consequences to be paid..... and they were NOT fun consequences. 

 

I see almost everyday parents who do not discipline there children when they are out of control.  When I say discipline, I don't mean beat them or threaten them with bodily harm - I mean fair, meaningful discipline - no TV, no video games, no cell phone, etc.  It can be done - it definitely isn't easy, but it can be done.  

 

Not discipling your children isn't showing them you love them, it's showing them you don't have time in your busy schedule to discipline them to show them how much you really love them!  It's easier to let things just slide!  So then you can stand by and say, "I don't know what to do, he/she is just out of control!"  DUH!  Wonder why that is...... ???

Oct 11, 2012 12:49AM
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And this is news why?  Anyone with a driver's license has been constantly tracked by the government for at least 17 years.  The last state - Alabama - to get this system got it in May of 1995.  Duh.
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