Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Students, parents unhappy with new RFID badges

Friday, August 17, 2012

Some students and parents aren’t pleased with a pilot program by the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio that requires students to wear an RFID-equipped student ID tag.

As one student put it: “It’s huge and I have to wear it like a dog collar. It’s ridiculous. There’s absolutely no need for it.”


The new ID is about four times thicker than the old one. “This Smart Student ID card is designed to help us locate students in an emergency if we have to,” said a district spokesman. “It will also allow us to manage the attendance better so we can get revenues for particular schools.”

“My child doesn’t need to be tracked,” said a student’s father. “They put chips in animals to track animals but I think this is overstepping their boundaries.”

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Sharon Perkins Permalink
September 6, 2012 12:02 AM

I agree it is overstepping their bounds! Schools should be able to track students the old fashioned way - take roll call. The claim is that the chips can only be read on school grounds and yet they can track a child on the school bus? Think about that one long and hard.

Will this "tracking" stop at our school children and will a badge be all that's required? Think again. We already put chips in our animals. A few years back congress was voting on whether to implant RFIDs in Airline employees. Do you honestly believe it would stop there? Yeah, me either.

My gal Kelli, a factitious character in my short story rallies against the RFID also! You can find the eBook on Smashwords, Amazon or Barnes & Nobles. It is completely fictional but should still make you think. Google "The RFID Truancy Solution" to find it or get it from Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008YPRDVC

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