It’s one thing to implant a microchip in your dog or cat. After all, animals can wander off and it’s heartbreaking to lose what is essentially a member of your family when it’s preventable by a painless and easy method.
Of course that’s talking about an animal who is a member of your family. A school district in Texas has plans all set to start treating students there — you know, children who don’t belong to them — just like animals by implanting microchips in their mandatory IDs.
The school doesn’t see it that way, however.
According to Fox News, roughly 4,200 students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio will be required to wear ID cards via a lanyard around the neck that “utilize radio frequency identification” starting in the middle of October. The card works by “transmitting location information via microchip to electronic readers through the campuses.”
“It is like GPS in the school,” a school spokesperson said to Fox News. “As administrators, we are charged with the safety of students in our schools. So within the four walls of Jay High School and Jones Middle School during the school day, we will always know where those kids are.”
The school argues the IDs will help “quickly identify if any of those students reported absent are, in fact, in the school [because they were elsewhere on campus during roll call]. And if they are, we find them get them to class and report them present.”
Seriously? How much of an issue is that? As long as the kids are in school (because if a student is reported absent, do you really think the first thing they’ll do is show up at school to hang out?), what else do you need to know? If the school has issues with kids cutting classes, idlingoutside and smoking cigarettes or loafing around in the bathroom, that seems like an issue that should be resolved by disciplining students, not microchipping as if they are dumb animals with no expectation of privacy, even during school hours.
All parents are reportedly supportive of the program with the exception of one who argues it’s an invasion of privacy, despite the fact that the school says it’s “non-threatening technology” and shouldn’t be considered “surveillance.”
The cost of the microchip program, which is being tested out for a year, is $261,000. It will be reevaluated next summer.
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