A video by We Are Change (WAC) Texas Hill Country protesting about John Jay High School’s use of RFID real-time tracking students and expulsion of Andrea Hernandez.
Yet another defiant move by the school to quash dissention about the RFID scheme saw another student suspended for 3 days for attempting to publish an article about John Jay High School’s RFID tracking scheme.
Wise words spoken by WAC at the end of the clip:
“This is a civil rights, a privacy, a religious, a health issue. It must not be ignored. You really need to do the research on the health effects and the unconstitutionally of this.
We know that this is a fight and a fight we must fight now.” (Video link broken)
Posted in Discrimination, Protest, Real Time Location System, RFID College, RFID tracking, RTLS, TV, USA
Tagged discrimination, prejudice, protest, WAC
In Texas a 15-year-old student, Andrea Hernandez, refused to wear a trackable RFID tag and then refused to wear a pretend RFID tag that Northside Independent School District offered her. The school district then insisted Hernandez wear this pretend tag or face suspension. (You almost couldn’t make it up). So Andrea took the school district to court.
However a federal judge’s 25 page ruling on violation of her rights to religious freedom in that wearing the pretend RFID would amount to showing support for the programme, stated “The accommodation offered by the [school] district is not only reasonable it removes plaintiff’s religious objection from legal scrutiny all together,” U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia wrote.
Northside Independant School District’s insistance for Andrea to wear pretend RFID is presumably to give the impression to students and parents that no one dissents. There is no room for objection. It is good to be tagged and tracked. Look! Everyone is wearing a RFID tag – life must be good, right?
Why the school’s dogged insistence? Does the school district have such little regard for their students religious beliefs and privacy that they are willing to sell out for a few budget dollars?
What exactly is the price do you put on the next generations beliefs and privacy? 1 million dollars, 5 million dollars?
Surely respect and tolerance for peaceful religious, spiritual beliefs and a right to be private is priceless to a decent society and a basic respect we should pay to each other as human to human, especially adult to child?
Andrea plans to appeal so this is not the last we will hear of this.
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Tagged refusal, religious, RFID tracking
Student Wins Tracking ID Case reports Frontpagemag.com
Sanity, thankfully, has prevailed in the case of Andrea Hernandez who has been incredibly brave standing up to the school’s absolute instance that she wears RFID chip or pretends to and that she stops protesting or she gets expelled. This plucky teenager said no!
This from the Rutherford Institute who took Andrea Hernandez’s case to court: “A court has temporarily blocked The Northside Independent School District from suspending high school sophomore, Andrea Hernandez, for her noncompliance with a neck badge that monitors student movement throughout the campus via a Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chip.
A federal court judge ruled that John Jay High School principal Robert “Harris’s actions were a violation of Hernandez’s rights to freedom of speech and the free exercise of religion. Hernandez will also receive compensation, the amount of which will be determined during a trial, according to court documents.”
After enduring threats from the school district:
“As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.” Andrea and her family have done really well in this instance, with privacy groups and alternative media highlighting her situation and drawing attention to this heavyhanded approach from the school and school district.
A surprising aspect of this case was that the school and the school district were so unwavering in their insistence that Andrea wore RFID. Insistence which seemingly will involve the school paying compensation to Andrea for their discrimination and disregard for civil liberties.
The question has to be asked, just what was the school and school district trying to achieve here because this dogged insistence did not seem solely about attendance figures and financial gain. Was the school that desperate to throw away civil liberties for cash? Just what, exactly, are we teaching our kids?
Andrea is a shining example of a human spirit standing up for what she believes is right and this has been a very valuable lesson for all students. Children have most probably learnt more from this brave individual than any teacher could have taught them in school about civil liberties.
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Tagged discrimination, education?, legal, prejudice, refusal, RFID school, RFID tracking, Tracking children, win
This from the Register – http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/27/annymous_takes_down_northside_independent_school_district_as_revenge_for_rfid_tracking/
“Activist group Anonymous, or persons using its insignia and name, claim to have taken down the website of the US schools that have made it compulsory for students to wear RFID tags.”