posted on Feb, 10 2005 @ 10:02 AM
A California school is requiring students to wear ID badges that have radio frequency identifiers in them. The students can be trracked everywhere in
The badges introduced at Brittan Elementary School on Jan. 18 rely on the same radio frequency and scanner technology that companies use to track
livestock and product inventory. Similar devices have recently been used to monitor youngsters in some parts of Japan.
The system was imposed, without parental input, by the school as a way to simplify attendance-taking and potentially reduce vandalism and improve
student safety. Principal Earnie Graham hopes to eventually add bar codes to the existing ID's so that students can use them to pay for cafeteria
meals and check out library books.
But some parents see a system that can monitor their children's movements on campus as something straight out of Orwell.
"There is a way to make kids safer without making them feel like a piece of inventory," said Michael Cantrall, one of several angry parents who
complained. "Are we trying to bring them up with respect and trust, or tell them that you can't trust anyone, you are always going to be monitored,
and someone is always going to be watching you?"
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