Two schools in San Antonio, Texas has opted to be pilot schools to engage in the privacy of children while they are in school.
According to the letter sent to parents, children who attend school in the North side district schools of San Antonio are required to wear a uniform ID card.
These same schools recently implemented camera’s throughout the
campus. The cameras which constitute, in regards to the children, a safety attribute.
But the required ID cards have gone so far as to stir up concern with the ACLU.
The parents were apparently notified by a letter after the new school session commenced informing them of their children’s ID’s.
The pilot program is called The Student Locator Program. It transmits to a
data base the whereabouts of each student while they are in the school. As the letter states,“after all parents, you want us to know where your children
The ID cards are used in the cafeteria lunch lines and to take books from the school library.
The letter informs parents that the cards contain no personal information, and they go into the importance of children wearing the cards at all times while on campus. If they hold no personal information how then are they using them to keep track of each child?
Even the name of a child is considered personal information in most areas. Also, the cards do not work after the child leaves the school building.
If a child does not show up for school that said child is reported to their parents in hope of curbing kids from just casually “skipping” school.
If the cards only work in the school, what is the benefit? If they were implementing safety would it not have been wise to put a tracking devise in the card that would ensure the child arrived home safely?
At the near end of the letter the parents are informed that if the card is lost there will be a fine. Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about the program and
hearten them about the program as,“as we believe it will increase student safety
as well generate additional funds for Jones Middle School.”
The letter is not signed, but has a website
listed for Q&A.
Can a hacker hack into the system and gather personal information on a child using the issued number on their ID card? The answer was, “nothing is
100%”…however they are saying it would take a great effort to hack the system
since all records are obtained at the Board of Education needing passcodes etc.
to locate records.
If this pilot program has the ACLU up in arms, parents in all areas should be concerned.
Not often does the ACLU do anything that meets the criteria of American people, but this time they are exactly correct. This should not be happening. The next step will most likely be; to plant RFID chips permanently into school children.
Parents beware!!! The next pilot” school could be your children’s school. Is this technology a modern day program to indoctrinate children? Time will tell, time will most certainly tell.