“The Middletown School District, in partnership with MAP Information Technology Corp., has launched a pilot program to implant RFID chips into the schoolbags of 80 children at the Aquidneck School. Each chip would be programmed with a student identification number, and would be read by an external device installed in one of two school buses. The buses would also be fitted with global positioning system (GPS) devices.”
The article goes on to tell us that officials and parents can see which students entered which bus and where the bus is. If a student does not want to be monitored, all he needs to do is switch bags with someone else, or take one bag to school and then switch to a different bag once he’s there. No one would have any idea that bags were switched until the “wrong student” appears in a place he wasn’t expected.
Not to mention that the chips are not as safe as one believes-anyone with a the right kind of reader can read the information and then use it for identity theft or harassment or burglary of that home. Plus what will be the long term health effects of having this chip so close to the area of the body the chip is against?
“There’s absolutely no need to be tagging children,” said Stephen Brown, executive director of the ACLU’s Rhode Island chapter. According to Brown, the school district should already know where its students are.”
Agreed-if the district does not know where it’s own students are, they have bigger problems than they realize. And as I pointed out earlier, all one has to do is switch bags to go undetected.
“Because the pilot program is being provided to the school district at no cost, it did not require approval from the Rhode Island ethics commission.”
As long as it is free, it doesn’t matter what program or thing it is;one must take it seems to be the message the district is sending its students.
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