A Texas student has been expelled for refusing to wear a tracking device mandated for all students at her high school.
Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the tag because she said it violates her religious beliefs, and called it "the implementation of the Mark of the Beast." Her expulsion has now been put on temporary hold by a Texas judge, pending further investigation.
The tracking devices have been attached to all student ID cards in two high schools in the Northside Independent School District, as a pilot program that could be implemented in 100 other schools. The aim is to track student attendance, and ultimately, help schools attract more funding by proving higher attendance rates.
A civil liberties organization, the Rutherford Institute, has volunteered to help with Hernandez's legal defense. They claim that the tracking program gets "students used to living in a total surveillance state where there will be no privacy."
Hernandez's protest has drawn national attention to the tracking policy, sparking outrage from left and right alike.
Via RT and the BBC.
Posted Nov 24, 1pm PST.