A Bexar County, Texas, judge has granted a temporary restraining
order to prevent a student from being expelled for her refusal to
wear a tracking device in school.
Rutherford Institute president John
Whitehead believes Andrea Hernandez, a student at John Jay High
School Science and Engineering Academy, is showing courage by
refusing to wear the intrusive radio frequency identification
device (RFID) on school property.
"Andrea and her family objected to the chip especially in the
beginning, because to them, religiously in the Book of Revelation,
they feel it is the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:17-18)," the
"There [are] a lot of folks who don't like being tracked by the
government. And the other thing was just the privacy factor here --
the fact that [you would be tracked] wherever you go, including
even in the bathroom."
Whitehead says this is bigger than the predicament of one
"We're teaching kids to live in a surveillance state," he warns.
"In this school district, there are already 190 surveillance
cameras in the school, so we're moving into a very dangerous era,
in my opinion."
RFID tracking devices are big business. The Rutherford Institute
president tells OneNewsNow that the Northside Independent
School District alone is spending a half million dollars for this
pilot project, which could spread nationwide if deemed
CNSNews reports that the school had reportedly
offered to allow Hernandez to wear a non-functional badge, giving
the appearance of support for the program. But she declined.
Illinois voters will be the judge when it comes to whether one
particular member of the bench keeps his position.