The lovely thing about technology is that it helps you control children.
They need to be controlled. Otherwise, they will run amok and do all sorts of dreadful things, like go to the restroom, smoke cigarettes, or kiss each other.
Hanging IDs with RFID chips around students' necks isn't exactly new. Some Texas schools have been enjoying it for some time.
However, recently, the Northside Independent Schools District in San Antonio encountered a little consternation when it announced its foray into the idea -- one that is reportedly being instituted to combat truancy (and therefore make the schools more money).
Now that the IDs are in force, a counter-force has emerged: civil disobedience.
I would like to identify MySanAntonio.com as suggesting that most kids happily accept the new tags, as their path through school (if they show up) is made simpler and quicker. For example, in the lunch queue.
However, it does report that one parent, Steven Hernandez, object to his daughter wearing any type of badge on religious grounds. Her school, John Jay High School, reportedly offered to take the RFID chip out, but Hernandez still believes that the words of the Book of Revelation don't allow for such a blasphemous thing.
Specifically -- an objection that was also raised by a Louisiana parent to school palm scanners -- it's the "mark of the beast" aspect that concerns him.
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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."
Perhaps this is a mere skirmish. Perhaps, like so many who now expose most of themselves through one form of technology or another, everyone will just get used to it.
Until something really bad happens, that is.