An update to this story from November about a student who refuses to wear an ID badge.
A Texas high school student on Friday asked a federal appeals court to overturn a lower court’s order upholding her school suspension for refusing to wear around her neck an RFID-chip student ID she claims is the “Mark of the Beast.”
The Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student’s Social Security number. The chip monitors pupils’ movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling gave the girl and her family until Jan. 18 to decide whether to go to a different school or comport. She appealed Friday, arguing that adorning herself with the ID card, even one without an RFID chip, amounted to discriminating against her “sincerely held beliefs.”
When we first covered this story, it did sound concerning but not for the reasons given. Well, the idea of the chip being satanic or a false god is absurd. What does she think about TV and paying taxes? Anyway, the real point is that schools wish to track locations of students. They will claim it’s for their own good but this sort of tracking can be abused. Her real concern should be about privacy. To make it about religious belief is nonsense and detracts from a serious discussion about the use of this technology in schools.