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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 9:41PM

Our government is doing is using the training the children of this country to get use to the idea of government tracking and controlling your life. They start these type of programs saying it is to keep CHILDREN SAFE and everyone wants kids to be safe and watched over. If you fight it they make you out to be a **** for not caring about the SAFETY of the children. Our children are our future and they (the government) know that. That is way they start teaching them at the youngest of age that the government will take care of them and protect them from harm. With this comes a society of government pods who will in the future expect what the government tells them and wants them to do. It is time we all take a hard look at where this country has gone and where it is heading. If we do not wake up and stand our ground and be adults, this is only the beginning of things to comes

Oct 10, 2012 9:41PM
wont be long before govt does this to everyone guess its time to fight back now or loose everything
Oct 10, 2012 9:40PM
I could see using this technology in a prison setting, not an educational one.  I think the first thing I would do as a parent is take a hammer to the RFID chip. If they want to use technology on student IDs, then they should use magnetic strips which can be swiped at a point of contact.
Oct 10, 2012 9:40PM
america welcome to comunist usa. all the people that allow their kids to continue in the school system are fools until this crap is removed. absolute fools.
Oct 10, 2012 9:39PM
Next the school will be bitching they don't have enough money.....OH MY GOD.
Oct 10, 2012 9:38PM
Sounds like invasion of privacy to me. Why would a school need to know the exact seat a student was in, especially if they are on the toilet. Are they suppose to wear them when they shower after PE?
Oct 10, 2012 9:38PM
Soon you will all be tagged and CHIPPED!!!!  Most of you reading this ALREADY ARE!!!!  Got an iPhone, Android, Galaxy????  They know no one wants to be force TAGGED, so they got you to VOLUNTEER ---LOL--- and you actually paid for the privilege !!!!  What does it take to WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 10, 2012 9:37PM

Next step is chip implantation at birth!

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