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Radio frequency chips on student IDs

John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas (USA) requires students to wear IDs around their necks during school. Embeded in the ID is a radio frequency tracker that can locate the student anywhere on the campus.

The school is concerned about safety and also has a high truency rate.

Most schools are funded on seat time. Truency costs the district money I believe that this is most likely a move to stop the money loss and can include safety and posable law suits against the school. It appears to be a win win for the school.

How would you feel if they tracked your child during school hours only on school property. For high school .... for college.

During an emergency it could be used to locate and identify which are valuable tools for law enforcement and emergency personnel.

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    Oct 11 2012: Don't they all have cell phones anyway. You can track them by triangulation down to a few metres, and it's not like they ever turn them off.
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    Oct 11 2012: Big waste of money and mis-allocation of resources.
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    Oct 11 2012: What parent would object to a passive device that allowed them, and anyone else having monitoring ability, to know the exact location of their childen?
    What student would not object to such a device?
    I'm afraid the chip will have to be implanted at birth. Just cut the cord and slip the chip right into the belly button.
    The only possible reason a youngster would object would be because they want to go places their parents do not know about. The device exahusts its battery and decomposes 18 years after implanting. Let's do it Robert!
    • Oct 11 2012: It should be mandatory for parents who want to force their kids to wear a tracking device to also wear one (that their spouse can track) and visit their own parents (the grandparents of the kids) and tell them all the stuff they did in secret when they were younger. I think few kids will be forced to wear a tracking device after the law I just outlined is passed.
  • Oct 11 2012: Just wrap some aluminium foil around the tracking device and they won't be able to track it anymore... This really sounds a bit over the top and might not end up helping much, it probably costs more than it will yield.
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    Oct 11 2012: If I were forced to wear such a device on a day I wanted to be a truant, I'd simply put the darn thing in my locker and walk out the door.

    If you say this is a matter of safety, I have to ask what evidence there is for such a need. It sounds like the school is using a non-problem to support a problematic idea.

    Since when are students supposed to be prisoners? Though, iif safety is a real concern, this might be tolerable for an elementary school, and even, perhaps, a middle-school - it is abusive when it comes to high school students who are being prepared to be responsible adults. By that time, it should be the student's choice. Those who live in dangerous neighborhoods might want it on them at all times. Most students don't need them.

    The idea of forcing our children to be slaves (prostituting them) so that the state can get money is antithetical to education itself - unless you have an agenda that is extremely disturbing. High school students are not stupid. Prostitution does not have to include sex. They know that! Forcing our children to do things for others for money is nothing short of pimping them out. How do you think this will affect their self-esteem?