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.”
Some 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."
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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If think that ID bages has it pros and cons. Good for locating a missing person, but it also invades a persons privacy.
If I type "teacher molests student" into a search engine, pages upon pages pop up about both new and old incidents. They happen in the city and out in the country. It happens at public and private schools. It happens in low, middle and high income neighborhoods. In all these cases, everyone is "shocked and appalled" by it, and no one suspected a thing.
Now try to imagine if someone like that is at your kid's school. Would you approve of this if one of them took a "shining" to your kid AND could tell exactly where and when he/she was alone in one of the school's bathrooms? For those of you who like to say that its "only a small percentage that do this," would you risk that small percentage having this level of tracking and access to your kid? Personally, I think I would rather pick my daughter up from mall security and ground her for being truant. Someone should rethink this...
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