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Asrokhel    146

Preliminary Injunction Sought in School RFID Tracking Badge Case


Letter from John Jay High School withdrawing Andrea Hernandez for not submitting to the RFID tracking ID badges.

A Texas school district has come under legal fire after a student was expelled for failure to comply with the ?School Locator Project,? an RFID chip tracking program currently being piloted in a San Antonio middle and high school.

John Jay High School sophomore Andrea Hernandez was involuntarily withdrawn after protesting her school?s tracking badge policy for months. When appeals to respect her rights were repeatedly ignored, the family decided to fight back, seeking legal council.

In a just-released statement, civil liberties organization The Rutherford Institute, which represents the Hernandez family, has announced it will immediately seek a preliminary injunction against the district to prevent Andrea from being moved to another school.

Under the ?Smart ID? program, all 4,200 students are forced to wear an ID badge with an RFID tracking chip in it at all times to attend school. Due to her persistent refusal, the school?s administration finally offered Andrea a deal; she would comply with the project by wearing a program badge with the chip removed.

Not wanting to endorse the program in any way, Andrea refused. On November 13, the school sent Andrea?s father a letter expelling her because ?all students are expected to comply with the Smart ID policy.?

This case is quickly setting a precedent that students can be kicked out of school for not complying with programs they feel violate their rights.

?I feel it is an invasion of my religious beliefs, I feel that it?s the implementation of the Mark of the Beast, I feel that it?s an invasion of my privacy and an invasion of all my rights as a citizen,? Andrea said at a school RFID protest shown in an Infowars report below.

?What we?re teaching kids is that they live in a total surveillance state and if they do not comply, they will be punished,? John Whitehead, constitutional attorney and Rutherford founder said in a telephone interview with Infowars. ?There has to be a point at which schools have to show valid reasons why they?re doing this.?

On the district?s Student Locator Project website, it notes that ?Northside ISD is harnessing the power of radio frequency identification technology (RFID) to make schools safer, know where our students are while at school, increase revenues, and provide a general purpose ?smart? ID card.? Although the district will pay $500,000 up front for the program, is expects to garner $1.7 million from the state government in increased attendance funds.

The district?s website also confirms the ?smart? student ID cards are just the newest edition to the school?s surveillance grid. A letter to parents regarding the Smart ID project?s implementation mentions that digital cameras have been installed in all high and middle schools and all school buses. Whitehead noted that the schools have already been fitted with 290 surveillance cameras.

In addition, according to the district, the Smart ID will ?provide access to the library and cafeteria? and ?allow for the purchase of tickets to the schools? extracurricular activities,? meaning students who refuse to comply with the program will not be allowed to access those facilities and activities. The school also makes the ambiguous statement, ?Other uses [for the Smart IDs] will be rolled out during the pilot program.?

As Infowars previously pointed out, in addition to a vast privacy encroachment, the Hernandez?s feel the program is a direct violation of their Christian religious beliefs, as it bears a striking resemblance to Revelations 13: 16-18 warning of the Mark of the Beast:

?16. He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, 17. and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or[a] the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18. Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.? (New King James Version)

The Student Locator Card program is set to expand to all 112 schools in the San Antonio Northside Independent School District.

A student?s rights should not end simply because they set foot on school property. This big brother takeover in our schools is an alarming trend, as it would appear schools are attempting to condition the youngest members of our society to accept government intrusion into ? and control over ? their lives.

?Regimes are formulated in the schools. Every dictator ? every regime-changer ? has always implemented a dictatorship in the schools first,? Whitehead said. ?The ramifications are really ominous: if you grow up in that environment all your life, it?s normal to you. We?re moving into a total compliance society.?

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Anibal P    2,014

I'm calling BS on the Religion bit, and I'm a Christian too, tracking kids while in School is not a problem, I'd say Ms. Hernandez has been doing something she shouldn't be and doesn't want to get caught, she just managed to be lucky to try and use two different excuses, Religion, and rights, yet the courts have many times now decided that the "rights" of children while at school should and can be "violated" for the betterment and general conduct of the schools. She's not forced to wear it home, so there's no privacy violation, unfortunately I see some judge granting it to look good and not for any valid legal reason.

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ArialBlue    395

But what is wrong with knowing that a high school student is currently located on floor two, left bathroom, stall #2 from the door?

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+The Evil Overlord    17,733

I guess it is one way of trying to keep schools a safe place, but imo, that is not the right step, seeing as they already have cctv

but then not knowing the full story, my statement could just be taken as that, one man's opinion.

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+FloatingFatMan    13,385

I was with her fully right up until this bit...

?I feel it is an invasion of my religious beliefs, I feel that it?s the implementation of the Mark of the Beast

Then I realised that she's just another crazy person.

Should have left the religious nonsense alone girl, and gone with the rights violations. Now you just shot yourself in the foot.

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SharpGreen    219

This is beyond ridiculous. How is wearing a tag only while at school that can be used to track your location AT SCHOOL ONLY a violation of privacy? I wonder if this kid or her parents carry cell phones. If so, then they're all a bunch of hypocrites, since a cell signal can be used to find you ANYWHERE unlike these stupid RFID tags.

I had a friend try to tell me the other day that same bit about the mark of beast and RFID tags. I could see the connection between the implantable ones and this so called mark...but these are just clip on badges....I don't see the connection.

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