A Texas high school student who claimed her student identification was the “Mark of the Beast” because it was implanted with a radio-frequency identification chip has lost her federal court bid Tuesday challenging her suspension for refusing to wear the card around her neck.
Radio-frequency identification devices are a daily part of the electronic age — found in passports, and library and payment cards. Eventually they’re expected to replace bar-code labels on consumer goods. Now schools across the nation are slowly adopting them as well.
Northside Independent School District in San Antonio began issuing the RFID-chip-laden student-body cards when the semester began in the fall. The ID badge has a bar code associated with a student’s Social Security number, and the RFID chip monitors pupils’ movements on campus, from when they arrive until when they leave.
Sophomore Andrea Hernandez was notified in November by the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio that she won’t be able to continue attending John Jay High School unless she wears the badge around her neck. The district said the girl, who objects largely on religious grounds, would have to attend another high school that does not employ the RFID tags.
In May, students at an Oklahoma public high school were given copies of a DVD comparing the Holocaust to abortion—with no warning of the content of the film—after a local family asked the school if copies of the DVD could be passed out to students.
Surprisingly, and perhaps unknowingly, the school agreed to pass out the film to students as long as the students got permission from their parents first. The film, entitled 180, begins with Holocaust and concentration camp imagery before making the comparison between Hitler, Nazi Germany and people who are pro-choice.
Superintendent Marte Thompson said that a student aide accidentally gave out copies of the movie before parents had been asked to give consent. Once school officials realized the nature of the DVD, all copies were confiscated and returned to the local family.
But one student’s stepfather said the students weren’t even informed about what kind of DVD they were receiving—the students came to their lockers to find notes telling them to pick up their free DVDs. And concerned parent Marty Angus says the students watched the movie in class.
“I thought it was graphic and a clear violation between church and state and it was just awful to be shown to a high school student,” Angus told a Fox affiliate.
The film was produced by the Christian ministry, Living Waters. When it was released in 2011, the Anti-Defamation League called the film “one of the most offensive and outrageous abuses of the memory of the Holocaust we have seen in years.”
A former Texas high school student has filed a federal lawsuit saying he was injured while portraying a Jew during a Panhandle school’s traditional day of Nazi roleplay.
Perryton High — located just south of the Oklahoma border — has an annual “Red Ribbon Day” in which half the students portray Jews in the Nazi era and are forced to obey any commands by students or teachers and be subjected to random discipline, the suit says.
The students playing Jews wear red ribbons.
“[Red ribbon students] must do everything school faculty or other students tell them to, including picking up other students’ trash, being taken outside and sprayed with water hoses, bear-crawling across the hot track, carrying other students’ books, and even carrying other students,” says the suit, filed in federal court by Andrew Yara, 19. “Engaging in this exercise was compulsory, with it constituting 60 percent of a major test grade for students in their World History Class, and any student who did not do everything they were told were receive a failing grade.”
The amazing part isn’t that she tried but that she seems to have succeeded, at least in mice:
This is a great American story and also, obviously, a great statement about the value of legal immigration. We’re lucky to have Angela and she’s equally lucky to have this country. Talk about a win-win situation.