Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Texas Judge Rules Schools Can Force RFID Chips on Students

Andrea Hernandez protesting the RFID badges (Source)
Activist Post

In the fall of last year the San Antonio Northside School District in Texas announced that they would track students with RFID (radio frequency identification) chips in their student badges.

One student, sophomore Andrea Hernandez, was suspended for refusing to wear the tracking device and took the matter to court.

On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled in favor of the school district claiming they have the right to expel Hernandez for refusing to abide by school requirements. By default the judge ruled that the school had the right to force children to be treated like cattle while on campus.

The program, called the “Student Locator Project,” is aimed at increasing student attendance rates presumably to boost in public funding for the district.

“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 of the Rutherford Institute when he took the case.
As part of the pilot program, roughly 4,200 students at Jay High School and Jones Middle School are being required to wear “SmartID” card badges embedded with an RFID tracking chip which will make it possible for school officials to track students’ whereabouts on campus at all times. School officials hope that by expanding the program to the district’s 112 schools, they can secure up to $1.7 million in funding from the state government. (Source)

The Hernandez family argued that the RFID badges violated their daughter's privacy rights and referred to them as the "Mark of the Beast", a reference to a warning in the Book of Revelations.

The primary defense was not to challenge the obvious privacy issues involved with the badges, but to seek a religious exemption. The judge ruled that the badge is “not grounded in her religious beliefs” and is a “secular choice rather than a religious concern.”

“The Supreme Court has made clear that government officials may not scrutinize or question the validity of an individual’s religious beliefs,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, in a statement.

“By declaring Andrea Hernandez’s objections to be a secular choice and not grounded in her religious beliefs, the district court is placing itself as an arbiter of what is and is not religious. This is simply not permissible under our constitutional scheme, and we plan to appeal this immediately," he added.

The court originally agreed to block the suspension to hear the case, but would not extend that request for the appeal process.

"In coming to Andrea’s defense, Rutherford attorneys have alleged that the school’s attempts to penalize, discriminate and retaliate against Andrea violate her rights under Texas’ Religious Freedom Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution," said Rutherford's lawyers.

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25 comments:

Anonymous said...

Two words, "Home School"

Anonymous said...

1.RFIDs don't like microwave ovens.
2.Students can switch badges at lunch time.
3. RFIDs can be cloned, every student could have the same one.

Anonymous said...

This needs to appealed to a higher court. Set up a fund.

Anonymous said...

TL:DR
This means that they can track us and do it legally.

Anonymous said...

Fear not, little lady. The gun owners of America will protect you, as their magical guns are the ONLY thing that stands between democracy and tyranny.

I don't know how the gun owners will save you, but if their tough talk is any indication, any day now guns will save the country and our freedom, so just sit tight and wait for the gun owners to come and deal with all the legalities and rules about this silly RFID stuff. The gun owners have been quite vocal about how they will save the country from fascism, so be patient, help is on the way.

SARCASM

Anonymous said...

Magnets will take care of it in a jiffy

Anonymous said...

This is definitely the precursor to the MARK OF THE BEAST!!! WAKE UP AMERICA, ITS IN REVELATIONS IN THE BIBLE!

Anonymous said...

Too bad kids can't come together anymore and all agree not to wear the badges. Overcrowded schools make it tough for this kind of unity, still it'd be nice to see kids learn how to fight for their freedom peacefully yet passionately.

Anonymous said...

Time to get inventive and start designing bracelets made of foil to stop the transmissions.
This is a massive invasion of privacy and reduces young people to animal status. Texas should be ashamed of itself.

Anonymous said...

I understand why they would do it in an area like San Antonio, Houston, or any other major city. Look how many children end up missing and/or killed because they decided to ditch school that day. However, when they start forcing people to put these chips in their bodies then I think it will be time to take a stand.

Anonymous said...

I know that attorney John Whitehead's organization was fighting for this young lady, but I have not listened to Katherine Albrecht's (KMA)radio show in a couple of days so do not know if there will be further appeals or legal steps. I listened last week and it sounded like KMA was as a next step going to try to get people who live in San Antonio and sourounding driving distance towns to have some kind of big rally. I do not know hat rally's can do these days. I would prefer that this go all the way to the Supreme Court and be given the best legal fight possible. If we just take this, then all the kids in all the public shools of Texas will soon have these tags and then they will eventually have to take the mark of the beast. We need to wage a strong, intelligent strategic response. Rallies won't cut it.

Anonymous said...

The Mark of The Beast is an entire system of thought and beliefs not one single item.

Anonymous said...

............what about the radio/microwave connection to literally track the people?....isn't the school subjecting them to un-necessary bombardment????

Anonymous said...

Is this not invasion of privacy. Understanding if you are not considered an adult to make your own choice your parent or gardian can but when an if the goverment thinks to put one in everyone to prevent crime an whatever bull there going against there own constitutions. Which this is very an highly illegal am I not right??

Anonymous said...

I honestly can't understand why people still send their children to these non educational, government training, politically correct, civil brainwashing institutions? Why would one fight and go through all the trouble to try to appeal, the state schools went off the cliff many, many yrs ago, they don't teach education, they teach to be nice little citizens to the evil beast, and don't question authority no matter what. Homeschool your children and if you can't, find someone that is willing. This country is beyond the point of no return. You had better prepare

Anonymous said...

No big deal wear the dang badge!!!! just take a hammer to the chip.

Anonymous said...

Like anonymous 7:17 Am said, chips don't like microwaves etc.
You need to get them where it hurts: their pockets.
If these devices keep on breaking down, they will need to equip everyone over and over again...until the kitty is empty.

Anonymous said...

Lol. Do you know how stupid that sounds. You sound like a whiney ass little Bitch.

Anonymous said...

All we have to do as parents is stand together and just say no, its very simple,it's all about unity.Then when the chaos begins we will then finally be able to see their true agenda, it has nothing to do with safety,it's a test, next it will be in their arms.Whatever happened to roll call?

michael cole said...

No one is forcing her to attend this school. She has the options of changing districts.

Anonymous said...

You're an ignorant moron... Baaaaaa baaaaaa .

Anonymous said...

No crap michael! The problem is that this will then spread like a cancer throughout all schools until you are left without a choice. Always happens that way. You have to stop these things right when they start. My child! Not the schools child! Leave the monitiring up to me! Who the hell do they think they are?! People are so naive ..... Then they wake up in a police state and wonder what happened.

Anonymous said...

Like

Anonymous said...

Because most people can't homeschool since both parents have to work. And it costs money they dont have to pay soneone to do it.... We have to give all our checks to the oil companies remember!

Anonymous said...

So simple. Ask for an ID without a chip!

Wait. She did and they agreed.
She still refused to wear it.

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