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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 12:16AM
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The next step is the 666 identification on the right hand or forehead, just as the Bible says will happen. Prepare yourself NOT to take the mark! The antichrist will be here soon; or possibly is now. I personally believe he's here and have my own opinion as to who he is. I'll leave you to your own opinion.
Oct 11, 2012 12:15AM
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Let the kids who wanna be in school , be in school and those who choose to not go to class and not get an education go where they please. Put the money to better use..
Oct 11, 2012 12:12AM
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those badges would be great to stuff up the principals ****
Oct 11, 2012 12:11AM
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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.

Oct 11, 2012 12:10AM
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And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard; its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have a mortal wound, but its mortal wound was healed, and the whole earth marveled as they followed the beast. And they worshiped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?” And the beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed to exercise authority for forty-two months. ... Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name. This calls for wisdom: let the one who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, and his number is 666. Revelation 13: 1-18
Oct 11, 2012 12:10AM
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I strongly recommend watching " the war on kid' documentary its available streaming form netflix.   I always thought the school system was getting out of hand, even when I was in school 10+ yrs ago. I wouldn't sign the agreement for a parking permit, because it said it would give the school the right to search my vehicle at any time even w.o me/ my parents present.  But RFID badges that literally track all students movements is too far. Parents wake up, school has turned into a prison
Oct 11, 2012 12:09AM
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Like this post if you say, "MIDDLE FINGER TO THE GOVERNMENT!"
Oct 11, 2012 12:09AM
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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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