Campus Cards, College and University Identification and Security

Texas school bars student over refusal to wear RFID badge

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

John Jay High School in San Antonio’s Northside Independent School District has banned a sophomore after a legal issue surrounding the student’s refusal to wear the school’s RFID-chip student ID.

As reported on, the school district implemented the new IDs at the beginning of the school year. The RFID chip monitors where students go while they are on the school grounds. The RFID monitoring helps the school track daily attendance, which is tied to state funding.

The student, Andrea Hernandez, refused to wear the ID badge because she felt the RFID tag violated her religious rights. Through a series of lawsuits, the district eventually agreed to let Hernandez wear a student ID that didn’t have the RFID chip in it.

Hernandez is continuing to claim that even wearing the ID still discriminates against her Christian beliefs and plans to continue her legal battle.

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