Chris Matyszczyk on CNet rounds up a variety of reports on the outrage over the schools in San Antonio, Texas, which have insisted that their students wear radio-tag trackers. The schools are using every conceivable technique for coercing their students into submitting to wearing the technology, which reminds me of the tracker anklets that paroled felons wear. For example, one student was told she couldn’t cast a vote for homecoming queen unless she submitted to the tracking regime. The schools say that the students are being tracked to reduce truancy, which will make them money — presumably by saving them on the cost of tracking and punishing students. The practice is old hat in Houston, where students have been chipped for some time.
What some might find truly beastly, though, is that his daughter, Andrea, claims that she was told by a teacher that without the ID badge, she couldn’t vote for homecoming king and queen. At least that’s what Catholic Online reports.
Some might find it odd that Hernandez also reportedly claimed that the school only wanted to co-operate with his feelings if he stopped publicly criticizing the tagging.
His daughter told The Alex Jones Channel that the tags don’t make her feel safer.
“I feel completely unsafe knowing that this can be hacked by pedophiles and dangerous offenders,” she said.
She added: “I walk home. Dangerous offenders can pick up on my signal.”
For the record, I don’t think that this is a very realistic fear. On the other hand, I think that there are very good reasons to want to enjoy the privacy of being un-tracked — for example, the fundamental freedom of association is compromised if your snitch-tag tells the administration who you hang out with.