PUBLISHED: 15:36 EST, 22 November 2012 | UPDATED: 16:08 EST, 22 November 2012
A high school student was suspended after she refused to wear a student ID card implanted with a GPS identification chip because it is against her religious beliefs.
Andrea Hernandez, from Texas, has been fighting with officials at Northside Independent School District in San Antonio since they began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall.
The Radio Frequency Identification badge has a bar code which is able to track students movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave and is aimed at a way to combat truancy.
When Andrea refused to wear the badge around her neck, she was notified by the school district that she would not be able to attend John Jay High School but would have to go to another school who had not yet adopted the chip.
Andrea and her family are Christians and she said she does not want to wear the badge because it signifies Satan, or the Mark of the Beast warning in Revelations 13: 16-18.
This verse says: ‘It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name.’
The chips used are the same ones found in passports and payment cards. Districts across the nation are slowly adopting them because most school budgets are tied to daily attendance.
According to Wired, if a student is not in their seat during morning roll call, the district doesn’t receive daily funding for that pupil.
With the tracking, if they are not at their desks but are on campus the district receives its daily allotment for that student.
NISD last week told Andrea’s family she could wear a badge with the ‘battery and chip removed’ on the proviso that her father Steve Hernandez ‘publicly support the program’.
Mr Hernandez has been an outspoken critic of the badge and chip system and told InfoWars: ‘That destroys the argument that the purpose to track students for attendance purposes.
‘How are they supposed to safeguard privacy concerns if no one is responsible for its administration?’
NISD wants to eventually force all 100K students in the sprawling district’s 112 school buildings to wear the chipped badges.
Mr Hernandez then managed to secure the Virginia-based Rutherford Institute’s help who put him in contact with a lawyer who would help him.
Today, a Texas judge tentatively blocked the suspension pending further hearings next week.
The Rutherford Institute president John Whitehead said: ‘There is something fundamentally disturbing about this school district’s insistence on steamrolling students into complying with programs that have nothing whatsoever to do with academic priorities and everything to do with fattening school coffers.’