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Texas HS Student Kicked Out for Refusing to Wear Tracking ID Badge!

RFID chip that can be imbedded in virtually any object
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It’s already in your drivers license.

After losing an appeal, a Texas high school student has been tossed from school for refusing to wear her RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) badge.

15 year old Andrea Hernandez was expelled from  John Jay High after wearing her old student ID badge to school.   She and her parents had earlier appealed to the school district, but eventually her plea was denied by the Fifth District Court of Appeals.  Her attorneys had argued having to wear what is essentially a tracking device violated the Texas Religious Freedom Act as well as the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution.

She had contended wearing the badge would signify that she was agreeing to participate in the RFID program, which violated her personal religious beliefs.   Attorneys from the Rutherford Institute had been assisting in the case, they hope to take the case to a higher court.

The use of RFID, which has been done for years with cattle and other items that need to be monitored for inventory or security reasons, has come under fire as more school districts are attempting to utilize it for their student bodies.

Officials claim it can assist with everything from monitoring student behavior – if they are violating closed campus policies – to helping with morning roll-call.    Critics say it’s an invasion of privacy.

In Hernandez’ case,  she and her parents believed use of the RFID chip was amount to the mark of the beast, based upon their religious beliefs.  Some religious groups believe the use of RFID is the same as the mark of the beast, or anti-christ , often referred to as 666.

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