Since October, some schools in Texas have asked all students to wear microchips in an effort to cut down on truancy. Freedom-loving pupils have refused to do so, but not without suffering the consequences.
Students attending John Jay High School and Anson Joes Middle School are supposed to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification chips. The strategy is intended to help teachers know where students are at all times during the school day.
“I had a teacher tell me I would not be allowed to vote because I did not have the proper voter ID,” said Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay High School. “I had my old student ID card which they originally told us would be good for the entire four years we were in school. He said I needed the new ID with the chip in order to vote.”
Deputy Superintendent Ray Galindo issued this statement to Hernandez’ parents: “I urge you to accept this solution so that your child’s instructional program will not be affected. As we discussed, there will be consequences for refusal to wear an ID card as we begin to move forward with full implementation.”
Some people feel that the chips have the potential of doing more harm than good.
“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go,” said Heather Fazio of Texans for Accountable Government. “These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere.”