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Student dodges 'mark of the beast' … for now

Bob Kellogg   ( Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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.

Whitehead, John (Rutherford Institute)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 attorney explains.

"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 student.

"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 successful.

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.

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