Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips

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09 October, 2012
A school district in Texas came under fire earlier this year when it announced that it would require students to wear microchip-embedded ID cards at all times. Now, students who refuse to be monitored say they are feeling the repercussions.

Since October 1, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, have been asked to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to track every pupil’s location. Educators insist that the endeavor is being rolled out in Texas to stem the rampant truancy devastating the school’s funding. If the program is judged successful, the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students.

Students who refuse to walk the school halls with the card in their pocket or around their neck claim they are being tormented by instructors, and are barred from participating in certain school functions. Some also said they were turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries.

Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay, said educators have ignored her pleas to respect her privacy and told her she cannot participate in school elections if she refuses to comply with the tracking program.

Hernandez said in an interview with Salon that subjecting herself to constant monitoring through an RFID chip is like being branded with the “mark of the beast” – a reference to the Bible’s apocalyptic Book of Revelations. When she reached out to WND with the school’s response, though, she said that she was threatened with not being allowed to vote for her school’s homecoming king and queen for disobeying the student ID rule.

“I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” Hernandez 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.”

After Hernandez refused to wear an RFID chip, WND reported that Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo issued a statement to the girl’s parents: “We are simply asking your daughter to wear an ID badge as every other student and adult on the Jay campus is asked to do.” If she is allowed to forego the tracking now, the repercussions will be harsher than just revoking voting rights for homecoming contests once the school makes location-monitoring mandatory, he argued.

“I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation,” Galindo wrote.

The girl’s father, Steve Hernandez, told WND that the school was somewhat willing to work with his daughter, but said that the family is unwilling to “agree to stop criticizing the program” and publically endorse it.

“I told him that was unacceptable because it would imply an endorsement of the district’s policy and my daughter and I should not have to give up our constitutional rights to speak out against a program that we feel is wrong,” Mr. Hernandez responded.

The Northside Independent School District expects to collect upwards of $2 million in state funding by reversing its poor attendance figures, with the RFID program costing around one-quarter of that sum to initiate and another $136,005 in maintenance. The new funding may not offset the other damages that could arise: Heather Fazio of Texans for Accountable Government told WND that she filed a Freedom of Information Act request for $30 and received the names and addresses of every student in the school district.

“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere,” she said.

Kirsten Bokenkamp of the ACLU told the San Antonio Express-News earlier this year that her organization expected to challenge the board’s decision to use the tracking system, but the school went ahead with the program undeterred. Steve Hernandez told WND that he approached the ACLU abour representing his daughter’s case, but Rebecca Robertson of a local branch of the organization said that, “the ACLU of Texas will not be able to represent you or your daughter in this matter,” saying the case did not meet the group’s criteria.

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  1. Best solution if you care about your kids? Get them OUT of the Government Indoctrination Centers (aka public schools). It would be great if a lot of parents in this district pulled kids out and they actually ended up with reduced funding. But don’t expect it. Maaaaaah!

  2. The solution is always control backed up with punishment ultimately backed up with violence.

    Instead of making school something people want to go to, they double down on making it a prison. Gee I wonder why they have attendance issues.

    If you’re only tool is a hammer….

  3. What would prevent a friend from carrying a classmates badge? The student still will not be in class, but the system will say otherwise.

    This is not a good precedent. I guess it is more training for the sheeple.

    • “Training”–correct.

      Get kids used to living in a prison; as the rest of the world is transmuted into a Prison Planet.

      I guess the benefit of history is it may allow the sheeple to recognize the mistakes when they repeat them.

      Kudos to this young girl and her father for standing up against this.

      Where are all the other Chriiiiiistians and their opposition to the Mark of the Beast? Too busy genuflecting to (and possibly fellating) the military?

      What happened to principle?

      • Well, your last few sentences is an answer in itself. They’re too busy shafting their so-called Paulbot “enemies” in pursuit of more fascism with a religious veneer.

        RFID is flawed from top to bottom. They already have them in passports. And they’re ubiquitous in the retail chain. I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not in drivers licenses already or will be if the Feds force it.

        My friend in Austin is now seriously thinking about escaping the Lone Star state. I told him just to find some rural community and get the hell out of the city. Fascism is everywhere but only those places that are inconvenient to the PTB are to be trusted.

        • Easy answer; five seconds in the microwave will take care of the RFID in any device. The chip is meant to receive milliwatts of radiation, which charges it briefly to allow it to transmit its code.

          Blasting it with 1000 watts destroys the chip.

          Don’t take it too far, you’ll burn a hole in your passport! It just takes a tickle.

          RFID is the *least* secure protocol ever developed. They can be scanned from an outrageous range, and yield up their code to anyone who asks. That code is simply a number; there’s no cryptography, no authentication, no authorization. Just “Gimme”, and it GIVES.

          I’m amazed more people’s toll road stickers don’t get cloned and stolen; it is trivial technically.

          Tell your friend we’ve looked into escaping Texas–not worth it. The NWO is everywhere.

          MoT I think you and I are both commenting over at Will Grigg’s site; I’m posting as SapiensLibertas because I couldn’t sign in as methylamine. That happened in Idaho–one of the supposed “Redoubt” states, bastions of liberty like Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, etc.

          Texas at least has a remnant of hard-bitten patriots who are waking up at a phenomenal rate. There’s plenty of grass-roots opposition to Agenda 21, gun control, etc. here. Alex Jones’ presence in Austin is having its effect, too!

          • clark:

            That’s a great point. I’m betting Texas scored high on that scale, seeing as he’s from around these here parts 🙂

            Which other states were Paul-heavy?

          • Hey Methyl… Good to see your posts over there as well. I’m like that mouse from Klondike Cat.. “I’m everywhere”. Back when Idaho had their first caucus early in the year we had about ten thousand people crammed into the arena downtown. They say it was the biggest single caucus gathering nation wide. Out of that lot at least fifteen to twenty percent selected Paul. Romney barely got just over fifty percent. And that was between at least four candidates! I came out of a self imposed Republican exile just to register and cast my selection for RP. After that fiasco I said to myself “fuck it”… So I’m back to being in exile.

          • Oh, on the RFID thingy, yes you’re right about briefly nuking the chip in a microwave. Does the trick. Just have to keep the time low. And my friend I told him that a small community, especially in the hill country, should suffice if he doesn’t want to bail entirely out of Texas. I lived half my life in Midland and every time I come back for work or to visit I can’t believe what a shit hole it is and how living there for decades blinded me to it. Oh well… you go where the money is not necessarily the scenery. Personally I prefer the Fredricksburg area.

          • @MoT:

            Midland/Odessa…not too keen on that area. For that matter, my uncle has a fine spread out there just west of San Antonia–beautiful, but not an excellent survival site; it’s just too dry to grow anything reasonable.

            Somewhat the same in Hill Country, at least the parts I know. Unless you were close to a lake, or you converted your well for hand-operation, in a grid-down situation I think Hill Country would be marginal.

            We’re looking, believe it or not, in the areas west and east of Lufkin/Nacogdoches. Two great big lakes–Livingston and Sam Brayburn–lots of good land, easy well water, game, etc.

            Fredricksburg: Oh, how I mourn!

            MoT, it’s been taken over by the locusts that call themselves “Californians”. Lots of cutesy little store fronts on the main drag; exponential property values (30K/acre); and taxes, taxes, mo’ taxes. The gov-goons are salivating as their income increases, and the good ol’ boys are being chased out by the property taxes.

            Two decades from now the Californians buying it all up will look around and go “Hey this place used to be really neat! What happened?”

          • Methyl…. I like the ‘burg area but wouldn’t live in that town if you paid me. It has been Californicated into a charade of its former self. Back in 1980 when I graduated H.S. it, along with Austin, were somewhat sleepy and wonderful places to visit. Now? Hell no! It’s fallen under the spell of people who fled their former expensive hell holes only to recreate the very hell holes they left behind! What sort of lunatic goes somewhere and says, “Hey, I like this place with its quaint buildings and the colorful locals but I’m going to make it so they’re all driven out by high taxes and my condescending attitude and KULTCHA!”? They then, after destroying everything, look around and wonder where everyone went. It’s madness but only the insane don’t see it.

    • I was thinking, each class selects a single person to bear the IDs on one day a week. Given a class size of 30, that means about 4 days at school, total, per school year.
      One person carrying ALL the IDs? Meets the specs, EVERYONE must be in school, right?
      And as long as the appropriate coursework is turned in, who could argue?
      Then there could be LOTS of useful time spent… Well, in theory, mostly it would be wasted – but I can’t fault that, given the options (Can’t go outside and play; can’t loiter; can’t stay home, if the parents are home; it’s a gang situation almost from the get-go, except often these days, kids don’t even know who lives nearby. Bus stops at most, unless you’re in an urban area. And the “gang” moniker will be mis-applied to those who are in a “clubhouse” / fort / whatever, as opposed to those who are pushing drugs and running numbers and pimping. )

      It IS Idiocracy, though. To get us used to being surveiled, no doubt.

      I ALSO MUST MUST MUST note: why are they required to have ID to vote for homecoming king & queen, yet to vote for POTUS, they aren’t even ALLOWED to ask for ID?

      Kill them, bury them in the woods, let the jacakls and maggots eat their flesh. }:-(

  4. What the PTB would do if students kept the ID badge in a container that prevents RFID from passing through?

    They would be carrying ID on their person, but keeping their privacy from prying eyes.

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