Andrea Hernandez, a student at the John Jay High School in San Antonio, was suspended because she refused to wear a badge around her neck that contains an RFID chip. She cited privacy and religious grounds as the reason for why she refuses to wear the badge. The student-body cards were issued when the semester began in the fall.
The ID badge has a bar code associated with the student’s Social Security number and it monitors a person’s movement on campus from the time they arrive until the time that they leave. Maybe the Northside school should add cameras to the bathrooms and enforce random purse and backpack checks too.
When I was attending high school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, what I liked best about the student-teacher relationship was the level of trust. The teachers were happy to educate and many students were happy to learn. If I had to skip a class to work on an important project for another class or extracurricular, I would not want that teacher of that class knowing exactly where I am.
The Northside Independent School District told Ms. Hernandez that she would not be able to continue attending John Jay High School unless she wore the badge. The Rutherford Institute said in court that they would try to nullify’s the district’s decision. The institute said that the district’s stated purposed for the program was disturbing.
?There is something fundamentally disturbing about this school district?s insistence on steamrolling students into complying with programs that have nothing whatsoever to do with academic priorities and everything to do with fattening school coffers,? said John Whitehead, the institute?s president.
The district’s budget is tied to the average daily attendance and if a student is not in his or her seat during morning roll call, they will not receive daily funding for that pupil. Using RFID tracking if a student is not in his or her seat during the morning call, but is on the campus somewhere, then they will receive the daily allotment for that student.
The Hernandez family is Christian and they told InfoWars that Andrea decided not to wear the badge because it signifies Satan (Mark of the Beast) warning in Revelations 13: 16-18.