RFID ID Badges: Worth Suing Over?
Last spring, we discussed how the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX planned to use RFID chips in student ID cards.
John Jay High School, within the district, started requiring students to wear badges with RFID tags to track students’ movements at the start of this past fall semester. But not all students were happy about this.
Andrea Hernandez not only refused to wear the RFID-enabled badge, she sued the district after being suspended for disobeying the rule. Hernandez was against the RFID-enabled badge because she claimed it was the “mark of the beast” and wearing it would infringe upon her religious beliefs.
A federal court recently ruled that Hernandez must wear an ID badge, but it does not have to have the RFID chip in it. Her options are to either wear the badge without an RFID badge, or change schools.
However, she plans on appealing to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.