SAN ANTONIO — She considers it the “mark of the beast” and refuses to wear it. Fifteen-year-old Andrea Hernandez’s conviction to not wear a school-mandated RFID tracking badge landed her in federal court — where she lost.
The court ruled that Hernandez would at least have to wear an identification badge without the tracking chip or transfer to another school. Hernandez refused to accept the compromise and now has until Jan. 18, to decide if she will consent to wearing the chip-less identification badge or transfer schools.
The Rutherford Institute, representing Hernandez, plans to appeal to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Hernandez’s school, John Jay High School in San Antonio, is in a school district that began experimenting with RFID tracking at the beginning of the fall semester. By using the data, the district hopes to gather better information on attendance rates.