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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order 743

BeatTheChip writes "Lawyers representing Andrea Hernandez, a science and engineering student at John Jay High School, are fighting an expulsion notice issued a week ago for refusing to wear a Smart ID badge. To represent her, lawyers filed a preliminary court injunction, seeking legal restraints on the school. She maintains stance of refusal to wear any badge containing an RFID tag for reasons of basic privacy and conflicts with her belief system. The controversial decision for her school to adopt the NFC badges is part of the Student Locator Project, tracking attendance. Local schools started issuing the lanyard badges this fall despite parental outcry at NISD school board meetings."
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Student Refusing RFID Badge Now Fights Expulsion Order

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:23AM (#42052145)

    You still carry the mark of the beast with you. Even though it would be unreadable :).

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:44AM (#42052303)
    Your passive acceptance of the giving away of the rights of others for the financial rewards given to the district and teachers is disturbing. Yes, in a place of employment an employee is required to do as the boss says. However, that is a voluntary situation where an employer and employee exchange work for salary and benefits and the employee can leave for another job if the situation is unacceptable. In this case, the kids are required to be in school by law. Your solution of "get homeschooled" only moves the financial burden from an overbearing school district to parents who are standing up for the rights of their children. Your argument of boss/employer relationship would make sense if this was in regards to the teachers, but in this case it has very little relevance. Also, in one breath you say that this is strictly for money and attendance - but then are willing to make the leap that it's a good idea with all of the "drug dealers, pedophiles, and other problems" for tracking the students. Then that would make it a safety issue of the school, and that has not been mentioned or brought up as an issue. Knowing where each student is on the location would make no change in the dealing of drugs in the school, and if pedophilia is an issue on campus, that's a personnel/teacher problem - something also not solved by impinging on the rights of the students by tracking them. The issue of education quality in the United States versus Asian or European countries has to do with the focus in the US having to do with fighting wars with administrations trying to force idiotic policies and financial obligations with systems such as this down the throats of parents, districts, and cities instead of focusing on their charge - educating the students. The US spends over 22% of its GDP on education ( - a significant amount more than many Asian & European countries which achieve better results. The difference is that those education systems do their job - they teach the students - as opposed to here where we just want to know where they are when we're telling them how stupid they are compared to other countries. So in short, Andrea seems to have done the unthinkable in her public school - she's learned. She's learned what her rights are as a citizen, learned how to stand up to a corrupt and bullyish system, and learned that she's not alone in her anger with everyone deciding that they need to know where everyone is at every time - and that people who think it's ok to give away the rights of other people without being stood up to needs to end. And now.
  • by Yetihehe ( 971185 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @03:50AM (#42052343)

    Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666

    "Him who has understanding" - programmers?
    "calculate the number of the beast" - programmers.
    "for it is the number of a man" - primary key
    "His number is 666" - SELECT * FROM PEOPLE WHERE ID=666;

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:23AM (#42052525)

    The number of doors a solid educational background can open up for you in life are uncountable

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @04:23AM (#42052527)

    I think he just got confused with public pool.

  • Re:RTFA (Score:5, Funny)

    by JosKarith ( 757063 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @05:24AM (#42052827)
    "We don' need no steenkin' badges..."
  • by akeeneye ( 1788292 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @05:39AM (#42052901) Homepage
    Yes. In Washington state, and probably others, when you get your chipped "Enhanced Driver's License", the DOL issues it along with a "tinfoil" sleeve to keep it in when you're not producing it to display to The Authorities. Aside: I've yet to find a US/Canada border crossing that can read the chips. They always swipe the EDLs through what I assume is a magcard reader. Now that could just be a charade of some sort and they're actually reading the chips, but that seems somewhat unlikely, and, well, tinfoil-hattish. When asked, one of the US interrogators said that the smaller crossings didn't get all the high-tech goodies such as the readers and had to do things the old-fashioned way.
  • Re:RTFA (Score:5, Funny)

    by Fnord666 ( 889225 ) on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @08:38AM (#42053781) Journal
    They could take the approach used in this joke:

    The Evil Brothers

    There were two evil brothers who were rich and used their money to hide their ways from the public eye. They even attended the same church and looked to be perfect Christians.

    Then, their pastor retired, and a new one was hired. Not only could he see right through the brothers' deception, but he also spoke well and true, and the church started to swell in numbers. A fundraising campaign was started to build a new assembly.

    All of the sudden, one of the brothers died. The surviving brother sought out the new pastor the day before the funeral and handed him a check for the amount needed to finish paying for the new building.

    "I have only one condition," he said. "At his funeral, you must say my brother was a saint." The pastor gave his word and deposited the check.

    The next day, at the funeral, the pastor did not hold back. "He was an evil man," he said. "He cheated on his wife and abused his family." He went on in this vein for a small time, and the surviving brother was clearly fuming in his seat.

    "But," the pastor concluded, "compared to his brother, he was a saint!"

  • by cellocgw ( 617879 ) <> on Wednesday November 21, 2012 @01:23PM (#42057185) Journal

    I ditched with a friend in high school and went to a different school to visit his girlfriend. We were just going to sneak in and eat lunch with her. The school had over 2000 kids in it, and we made sure to arrive in between classes so there were kids walking around all over the place. We didnt even get in the front door before we got questioned. Somehow a teacher knew that we didnt go to that school.

    Let me guess: the girlfriend went to a girls-only school.

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