Student Expelled Over RFID

In the spring of 2012, we discussed how the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, TX planned on implementing RFID-enabled student IDs to keep track of students’ location throughout the school day.

Then, at the start of 2013, we discovered that one student, Andrea Hernnandez, sued the school district because of the RFID badges, claiming the badge conflicted with her religious beliefs. Although it was decided that Hernandez must wear an ID badge, but it did not have to be RFID enabled, she rejected the offer.

Now, Hernandez must face the consequences—expulsion. Despite being allowed to wear a badge without an RFID chip, Hernandez still believes the mandatory badge rule to be immoral.

Despite this, the Northside Independent School District plans to expand the RFID ID badge program to all of the students in the district. However, this doesn’t mean the end of schooling for Hernandez.

Three Texas legislators are proposing a bill to ban RFID in schools. Rep. Lois Kolkhorst stated, “I am concerned that this technology can be very dehumanizing. I really don’t like how parents don’t have much input and think it is an example of government overstepping its bounds.”

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