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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Suspended Student Returns To Texas School After RFID Chip Program Abandoned (Video)

By Susan Duclos

A girl who was suspended, sued and lost her court battle when she refused to wear a student ID card implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip at the John Jay High School in San Antonio, will be returning to the school after they suspended the year-long RFID-student monitoring program.

The girl's name is Andrea Hernandez and late last year she was suspended for refusing to wear the student ID which contained a RFID chip. Her family sued the Northside Independent School District on privacy and religious grounds and they lost their case, so they enrolled Andrea into another school which did not force her to be "chipped."

The videos below from October 2012 and January 2013 will explain the case for those unfamiliar with Andrea's saga and battle with the Northside Independent School District.

Via Wired: Tagging school children with RFID chips is uncommon, but not new. A federally funded preschool in Richmond, California, began embedding RFID chips in students’ clothing in 2010. An elementary school outside of Sacramento, California, scrubbed a plan in 2005 amid a parental uproar. And a Houston, Texas school district began using the chips to monitor students on 13 campuses in 2004 for the same reasons the Northside Independent School District implemented the program. Northside was mulling adopting the program for its other 110 schools.

Cross posted at Before It's News