Rutherford Institute Warns Texas School Officials Not to Force Students to Wear RFID Tracking Devices

Ruthorford.org | Nov 14, 2012

The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a San Antonio high school student who was told that she must wear a name badge containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip as part of her school district’s new “Student Locator Project.” So small that they are barely detectable to the human eye, RFID tags produce a radio signal by which the wearer’s precise movements can be constantly monitored, raising serious privacy concerns. For Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at Jay High School, the badges also pose a significant religious freedom concern. In coming to Andrea’s defense, constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead is demanding that school officials accommodate students’ requests to opt out of the surveillance program.

The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the superintendent is available here.

“Once looked to as the starting place for imparting principles of freedom and democracy to future generations, America’s classrooms are becoming little more than breeding grounds for compliant citizens—and these RFID surveillance programs are just the tip of the iceberg,” said John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute. “Forcing a student to express support for a program she finds repugnant is just as unconstitutional as prohibiting a student from voicing her frustration with that program.”

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3 Comments on "Rutherford Institute Warns Texas School Officials Not to Force Students to Wear RFID Tracking Devices"

  1. The Boston “event” is being used as a way to test the ubiquitious surveillance systems. Notice how “they” want to be able to go much further with surveillance technologies, including putting devices “on” people so that “they” can find anyone, anytime, anywhere. Its for the public’s safety and protection, don’t ya know!

  2. Thanks to developments in nanotechnology you can’t even see many of the RFID’s that are in many “things” already. Many name brand manufacturers use RFID’s in their products. These products are sold by online and retail stores all over the world. There are RFID’s on things you’d never expect them to be on. They won’t tell you where they are or what they’re on either. Silent ubiquitious surveillance is going on in the background.

  3. A hammer in properly skilled hands can work miracles on these ‘radio transmitters’, rendering them useless. Try it!

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