Anticipating an unfavorable decision, attorneys for a Texas
school district have filed a motion to move the case involving
mandated "smart ID" badges for students to federal court.
For religious reasons, a 13-year-old
student refuses to be tracked with a radio frequency identification
device (RFID) the Northside Independent School District is
mandating. John Whitehead of The Rutherford Institute says the judge who issued the preliminary restraining order to
keep Andrea Hernandez from being expelled seems to agree she is a
victim of discrimination
"It's an attempt to get a better ruling," the attorney explains.
"But in my opinion, it puts it in the federal courts, probably
where it should be, and is probably a case that may wiggle its way
up to the Supreme Court now."
Whitehead says these tracking devices are big business for the
company that makes and sells them, but for also for John Jay High
School Science and Engineering Academy itself, which "was going to
make about $2 million, supposedly."
"They were upfront about it -- it's a money-making venture, if
they could track students in the school and prove they were there
or increase attendance," he reports. "So it's very much a money
issue; it's not about constitutional rights, protecting students
from the school. They want to make money."
The Rutherford Institute president tells OneNewsNow the core
constitutional issues in this case include freedom of religion, the
right to privacy and the right to be treated fairly.