US – Tracking of school pupils challenged

A pupil at a school in Texas, USA has prompted a court battle over the use of radio frequency tags used to track students.

Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the tag which tracks where students are on campus which were introduced under the guise of tracking pupil attendance at classes to assess funding.

The school suspended Miss Hernandez for refusing to wear the tag, and suggested she looked for a school that had not yet joined the project – which is planned to be introduced nationwide.

The decision to suspend Miss Hernandez has prompted severe criticism and has been described as the first step to producing a ‘compliant citizenry’.

The court issued a temporary restraining order against the school while the controversy is sorted out.

The Rutherford Institute said the school’s suspension violated Texan laws on religious freedom as well as free speech amendments to the US constitution.

“The court’s willingness to grant a temporary restraining order is a good first step, but there is still a long way to go – not just in this case, but dealing with the mindset, in general, that everyone needs to be monitored and controlled,” said John Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute in a statement.

Mr Whitehead said student tagging and locating projects were the first step in producing a “compliant citizenry”.

“These ‘student locator’ programmes are ultimately aimed at getting students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy, and wherever you go and whatever you text or email will be watched by the government,” he said.

This is another attempt by those in power to gradually and covertly introduce ‘tagging’ of the population.

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