Texas Student Kicked Out of School over RFID Badge

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A Texas high school is kicking out a student for refusing to wear a Smart ID tracking badge.

John Jay High School's Science and Engineering Academy requires its students to wear badges with tracking chips in them. This allows school officials to track students' exact location on school property.

The school is part of San Antonio's Northside Independent School District, one of the largest school districts in the country.

Student Andrea Hernandez said the new ID violates her religious beliefs as well as her privacy. She said she believes it conditions students to one day accept what the Bible's book of Revelation calls the "mark of the beast."

"This is not 'the great economy' like the U.S. economy or the economy of Texas, it's the economy of John Jay High School," Hernandez told CBN News in October. "But you're still not allowed to participate in it unless you have this thing."

School officials insist everyone must wear the badge. They informed Hernandez she will be "withdrawn" starting Monday, Nov. 26, for refusing to wear it.

"It's a sad day in America when school officials deny someone an education simply because she stands up for what she believes in," John W. Whitehead, president of The Rutherford Institute, said.

The Rutherford Institute will ask the courts for preliminary injunction for Hernandez.

"There is something fundamentally disturbing about this school district's insistence on steam-rolling students into complying with programs that have nothing whatsoever to do with academic priorities and everything to do with fattening school coffers," Whitehead said.

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