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Student tracking IDs: An invasion of privacy or security measure?

Jan. 14, 2013

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

When you step onto school grounds, the school becomes responsible for your well-being and knowing where you are. Over the decades, hall monitors have given way to the constant presence of security cameras as technology has allowed administrators to adopt more security and tracking measures.

So how far should a school go to guarantee that students are safe and where they should be?

Administrators at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, are trying a one-year pilot program that puts locator radio chips in student ID badges. “As administrators, we are charged with the safety of students in our schools,” Northside Independent School District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez told Fox News.

Students are required to wear identification passes at all times while on school grounds. The school administration said that the chips allow teachers and the school office to know exactly where students are.

“This allows us to quickly identify if any of those students reported absent are, in fact, in the school,” Gonzalez told FoxNews, “and if they are, we find them, get them to class and report them present.” Gonzalez told WOAI television that truancy was a problem, which is why the administration decided to try the radio chips.

The IDs and tracking equipment cost $526,065 to install, and the school district is expected to pay $136,005 a year to continue the program. The school district hopes to recoup the cost and receive more state funding, which could be up to $2 million, for improving attendance and reducing truancy.

While the school administration says it will track students only in school, some parents and teachers are afraid that the chips are an invasion of privacy. Steven Hernandez, a parent of a John Jay sophomore, is against the chip-embedded IDs. He says the district doesn’t have anyone monitoring the location of students or tracking the data.

“That destroys the argument that the purpose to track students for attendance purposes,” Hernandez said. “How are they supposed to safeguard privacy concerns if no one is responsible for its administration?”

Students have protested by leaving the IDs at home or in their lockers. Hernandez’s daughter, Andrea, has been wearing her old ID as a way to have an ID without being tracked. “It’s an invasion of my privacy,” she said.

Students have also raised concerns about their constitutional rights, saying that tracking an individual would dissuade students from exercising their First Amendment freedoms of assembly and association.

Students’ safety is another concern raised by opponents of the tracking IDs. Heather Fazio, executive director of Texans for Accountable Government, questions how the data are kept. Fazio said, “After paying a $30 fee with the FOIA [Freedom of Information Act] request I was able to get every student’s name and address.”

“Using this information along with an RFID reader means a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go. These chips are always broadcasting so anyone with a reader can track them anywhere.”

Some parents support the program. “You never know when a disaster is going to happen and to know where your child is at least you have that card to know where your kid’s at all times,” Michelle Esquivel told Fox.

Update: Jan. 11, 2013
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that John Jay High School could require a student to wear the tracking badge. The family of sophomore Andrea Hernandez had sought an injunction, saying that the badge violated their religious beliefs because it was satanic. The judge said that Hernandez's refusal to wear the new badge "is clearly a secular choice, rather than a religious concern" since she had worn a previous ID badge previously for several years.

What do you think?

Do you think the tracking IDs will improve attendance at school? Would you be okay with your school tracking you while on school grounds? Would you feel safer knowing the school is aware of your location? Does the tracking violate your First Amendment right of assembly and association? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!


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1/22/2018
kzoo
xariana
hillside
hate

12/20/2017
magnolia/tx
Savannah
Metzger/magnolia west highschool
When I was a freshman the school I went to at the time made us wear IDs and all I can remember is that everyone hated them and no one wanted to wear them. If we didn't wear them to school they would make us pay one dollar every morning we didn't wear them so they could give us a temporary one. If we lost them they would make us pay them five dollars for a new one. Im glad that we didn't have the tracking IDs because i think thats an invasion of privacy and people would protest and not wear them. However some parents may want the schools to have IDs so that they can keep track of their children going to school and making sure that they are staying there and not going off doing something else.

10/26/2017
TX
Alex
Westfield
I remember when we had them at some point. Students started to not wear them so the school put a rule. The teachers checked every student to make sure they have their i.d before getting into class. If they didn't have one then they would have to buy a substitute i.d from the office that costed two bucks, and it was just a name sticker. Pretty soon they stopped with the tracking device i.d and had normal ones. Probably because they couldn't pay for it anymore.

3/2/2017
ark
unknown
flchs
Students should not have trackers on their ID cards because people can take the radio frequency and find the student’s house. A stalker can also find where the student is at at the time they are farthest from their parents. This means they also know when the student is in the restroom. One could oppose this with the possibility that if the staff knew a certain student was using drugs, they could track him to His dealer. To start, these stalkers would simply have to guess the staff password. Then they could do whatever they wanted to any child on campus. So they could kidnap, threaten ,or beat them. This is all with a GMS 850MHz tracking ID card. This is at the cost of 1 or 2 drug dealers being captured. Janane, an anonymous teenager, said “I think it’s absolutely wrong for school districts to force students to wear ids with tracking device. It’s extremely different than an office to have ids that can track employee whereabouts, because all the employees are of age, accountable for themselves and rely on themselves for their own well being.” Janane had a lot more to this quote, but for length purposes we will not put the whole thing in this essay. The student body (not just Fountain Lake) mostly agrees. Of all the research that is out there, most of the student comments say that they feel it is an invasion of privacy. Jayla P said “I’m writing an essay about this and I believe that they should not use tracking devices in ID’s.” “ The only time we need a tracking device is when a student is missing or has been missing for awhile.” In conclusion, The school should not put trackers in student IDs because people can take the radio frequency and that means they can find them anywhere. And students agree. Follow this link to find other students opinions. link.

5/23/2016
CA
Myles
AV
This idea is completely ridiculous. Not only is the school wasting money on cheap cattle trackers that can be traced by a simple reader, but the system has so many loopholes. A student could put an ID card from a different year and the school wouldn't know, you could take the ID card off, they wouldn't know. People may say, oooh if I'm running late they know that I'm stuck in a different teacher's class. I know my school gives slips to people who are running late from other classes because it happens sometimes, but to track where a student goes and who they associate with is unconstitutional. With over 250,000 kidnappings every year, there is no reason to give kidnappers and sexual predators an easier way to take students like you and me.

4/27/2016
Miami, Florida
Milla
South Miami middle
This is an invasion of privacy, and what about hackers??

4/26/2016
nd bismarck
bubbles
bhs
big waste of money

4/21/2016
Redmond
Joel
Redmond High School
Everyone keeps saying that these could help catch people that ditch class, what if I don't know, DROP the ID, the student can get away and the ID is probably lost

2/25/2016
Evansville, IN
JordanDunn
North Jr. Highschool
These are just an invasion of privacy and should be exterminated. These could also track what we do at home and all, where we go, what we do, and etc... but all these will do is cause ruckus between school boards and parents. To be honest tracking devices where not invented for this. Tracking devices should not be used for a such thing. They are not supposed to be doing this it is an invasion of our privacy. As the first amendment says we have the right to our own privacy. This is affecting our rights as a human being. If anyone should be tracking us its the government or our parents not our schools this is just wrong. This is just outrageous. It is wrong for schools to do this to us.

2/22/2016
dover, DE
Unknown
Central Middle School
This is a major concern as students locations and personal information are now available to anyone with a scanner. I just found this on another website, it might change your mid about which side you're on.

1/28/2016
leander
Arya
wiley middle school
I wish my school would have these because then if im running late or if im at one of my other teachers classrooms, they would'nt count me absent and instead of showing a red poster if one of your teachers children are missing, they could show the firemen the ipad and the fireman could go in and rescue the people knowing exactly where they are which makes both the fireman safe and the child safe.

1/21/2016
florida
jayda barrineau
mrs. wassman / walton academy
i wish my school would have tracking devices. there are to many people in florida getting picked up and being trafficking. thats why i believe every school should have this

1/12/2016
California
Emily
Ms.Disano White Hill
This is a major concern as students locations and personal information are now available to anyone with a scanner. I just found this on another website, it might change your mid about which side you're on.

1/12/2016
Fort Worth
Tabitha
Southwest High School
This is another example of schools wasting money on things they don't actually need. It is ridiculous that so much funding is spent on a small group of people's idea of "security" rather than education. At my school they are trying to force up to wear IDs at all times again for "security reasons". However, as my ID has my name and my ID number, anyone who saw my idea would have the capability to log on to several FWISD websites and learn all my personal information. This is a jeopardization of my personal identity and a violation of my rights, but it does begin to compare to this atrocity. Obviously, tracking students violates their privacy, their first amendment rights, and places them in danger, but it is clear this decision was made without the input of the students. Things like this just show that students are being controlled and taken advantage of by their administrators. I say this is wear it ends.

1/8/2016
lodi
mariah
bochee lodi middle
i think students should have trackers in their ids because they would be able to tell from their id card if they came to school or if they left early . I also think that students should have trackers in their ids because the ids can help with attendance.:):):)

12/10/2015
florida
fefeleaf
mirimar
no man that's just an invasion of privacy

5/15/2015
tampa
jake
freedom high school
i think that they should allow them because you it will time in attedion and it does not cost that much

3/25/2015
pittsburgh
Denay
student achievement center
i don't think that a judge should be able to say what violates a person's religion or not.

3/19/2015
OR
Cody
Beaverton high
I think they just wanna know where we live so they can come feel our parents our grades even though they get sent in the mail.

3/16/2015
arizonia/california
alyssa
miss.kirby/westside high school
this teacher is really mean she is always yelling and embarrassing me and I wish I can track her and yell at her and embarrass her that what I wish .

3/6/2015
anderson
justin
westside high school
no if i try to skip they will know

2/23/2015
Pomona
Speed
Gonzalez
Why do teachers or staff get to know where we are it's not their business to know where we are why dont they put trackers in them so we know were they are so its 50 50 But i still dont agree with the schools should force students to wear these Satanic trackers i would decline it if even if they kicked me out of school

2/19/2015
Pomona
James
Brown
In my opinion they shouldn't put tracking devices in student IDs because it gives teens more of a privilege to commit suicide, why because it may feel to them that they are being watched and they dont want to be watched and the parents are going to blame the schools that hand out these trackers plus schools don't need to be losing money. The money that you will be losing the less you can do for the students

1/27/2015
Ut
Heidi
Uintah
Some say that this would help in case of a fire or school shooting. But what if an attacker forces his way into the front office (or where ever the tracker was located) or hacks the system? Staying quietly in your classrooms with the lights off won't help if he can see where everyone is. Even hiding or running off school grounds won't help unless you remember to ditch your id (in which case it is useless to rescuers trying to find you). And unless whatever thing the teachers are viewing the information on is portable, it won't help in case of a fire unless only part of the building is burning.

1/19/2015
Riverside, IL
CJ
L.J. Hauser Jr. High School
I believe that this is a good idea. This keeps students in check and teaches them good life skills. This way, they have the instinct to get to class and be at school already in them when they go to college. Just a thought

12/3/2014
Linden/NJ
Barakat
Ms.Walker/ Linden High School
As the years progress technology also progresses with it. There is new advanced technology almost every year. Technology can be now used to do anything; schools should use it to protect their staff and students. There are many incidents in school where a students leave school without being supervised and the students ends up being hurt or even being killed. To prevent this and others to come, school should have tracking device in their students and stuff IDs. The electronic IDs can help school in many; it can help school with a large amount of students because when the students walk in to school they will automatically be sighed in school and that save time in the school and helps the school to get the right amount of money for each students. The IDs also help in emergency, like a shooting or even a fire. The hall walkers will be able to find the students easier and faster.

12/3/2014
Linden/NJ
Barakat
Ms.Walker/ Linden High School
As the years progress technology also progresses with it. There is new advanced technology almost every year. Technology can be now used to do anything; schools should use it to protect their staff and students. There are many incidents in school where a students leave school without being supervised and the students ends up being hurt or even being killed. To prevent this and others to come, school should have tracking device in their students and stuff IDs. The electronic IDs can help school in many; it can help school with a large amount of students because when the students walk in to school they will automatically be sighed in school and that save time in the school and helps the school to get the right amount of money for each students. The IDs also help in emergency, like a shooting or even a fire. The hall walkers will be able to find the students easier and faster.

11/20/2014
Fullerton, CA
Nereyda
Irvine Valley
I honestly think that children will find a way to ditch or skip class anyway. You really think that these devices are going to stop students from ditching? I might agree with the fact it might help if a student is in the cafeteria and is running late and with the help of the device it will make him present and the school will receive money. BUT still, there are so many ways districts can go around that. How about taking attendance at the beginning of the class AND the end? Instead of wasting billions of dollars on these stupid devices, they should be spending billion of dollars on hiring more teachers and getting new up-to-date software and computers. How about new buildings? or new after school programs where students will be wanting to go to school to attend the club? Overall I do not like the idea of having tracking devices on children. I do believe that it violates our First Amendment. Children should not be tracked and just because they are kids does not mean that you can violate the Amendment! I can go on! but I think I am done.

11/18/2014
Indiana
Maddie
Avilla
I think that they should do this and also not do this

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Jessica M
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe that tracking IDs would help at all. I especially don't think that this will help attendance what so ever. A student could always pretend to forget their ID at home or get a friend to carry it with them to class, so it would fool the system. I personally would be appalled if I were forced to wear a demeaning tracking ID. They say that this would help student's safety but it wouldn't. Imagine that a hacker gets into this school system and then they have your location and all your personal information. You don't even have to hack the system all you pay is thirty dollars and all our lives are in danger due to a stupid ID. Besides this violates our First Amendment because it invades your privacy and forbids students from going somewhere to discuss an idea or plan. In fact I think it makes it seem as if humans are dogs that must be tracked and kept under control. This idea makes it seem as if we need to be watched at all times. If school were to implement this idea than they might as well call us Fido and put a chip in our head because that is what they would be treating us like dogs. We are humans and to implement something similar as to what is done to an animal is barbaric and irrational. Last time I checked I was a human not an animal, so you tell me should we track students, just as we do animals?

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Jessica M
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe that tracking IDs would help at all. I especially don't think that this will help attendance what so ever. A student could always pretend to forget their ID at home or get a friend to carry it with them to class, so it would fool the system. I personally would be appalled if I were forced to wear a demeaning tracking ID. They say that this would help student's safety but it wouldn't. Imagine that a hacker gets into this school system and then they have your location and all your personal information. You don't even have to hack the system all you pay is thirty dollars and all our lives are in danger due to a stupid ID. Besides this violates our First Amendment because it invades your privacy and forbids students from going somewhere to discuss an idea or plan. In fact I think it makes it seem as if humans are dogs that must be tracked and kept under control. This idea makes it seem as if we need to be watched at all times. If school were to implement this idea than they might as well call us Fido and put a chip in our head because that is what they would be treating us like dogs. We are humans and to implement something similar as to what is done to an animal is barbaric and irrational. Last time I checked I was a human not an animal, so you tell me should we track students, just as we do animals?

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Jessica M
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe that tracking IDs would help at all. I especially don't think that this will help attendance what so ever. A student could always pretend to forget their ID at home or get a friend to carry it with them to class, so it would fool the system. I personally would be appalled if I were forced to wear a demeaning tracking ID. They say that this would help student's safety but it wouldn't. Imagine that a hacker gets into this school system and then they have your location and all your personal information. You don't even have to hack the system all you pay is thirty dollars and all our lives are in danger due to a stupid ID. Besides this violates our First Amendment because it invades your privacy and forbids students from going somewhere to discuss an idea or plan. In fact I think it makes it seem as if humans are dogs that must be tracked and kept under control. This idea makes it seem as if we need to be watched at all times. If school were to implement this idea than they might as well call us Fido and put a chip in our head because that is what they would be treating us like dogs. We are humans and to implement something similar as to what is done to an animal is barbaric and irrational. Last time I checked I was a human not an animal, so you tell me should we track students, just as we do animals?

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
shavaughn
Mr. Hana/Stroudsburg SJHS
I don't think that tracking ids will bring kids to school. if they aren't at school for a long time then they simply dint care. I would not be okay with thew school tracking my id because I did nothing wrong. The people they should be tracking are the ones who always gets in trouble . I don't think tracking ids are not unconstitutional because thane kids are the ones who broke the rule of the school.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Bailee
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think tracking students is a good idea because it would help staff in looking for students in case of an emergency like a fire drill or a lockdown. Also if a student skips class you can look for the student because there would be no evidence of where the child went. As long as the school didn't get into the students personal space and track their every move, I think that this would be a good idea, if it didn't get out of hand.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Amy
Mr. Hanna
I think that it would be a good idea for staff to be able to track students ID's. I think this because what if there is a lockdown, fire drill, or any type of emergency and your no where to be found, a staff member can just look up your ID and see where you are. Also when kids skip class and there is no evidence on security cameras, you can find out where they are by searching their ID, this will make the amount of kids that skip school drop because they would know that they would get caught. I don't think that being able to locate someone by their ID on school grounds because the school is not forcing children to go somewhere or to hang out with a specific group of people, it would be only for your benefit and to keep you safe. I know that if my school where to do this I would feel more safe.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Owen
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburh JHS
I do not believe that student attendance will improve or get better. Personally I wouldn't mind being tracked using my ID on school grounds because they are trying to taking care of me and trying to keeping me safe. I don't believe they are trying to do any harm or invade anyone's privacy by having trackers in a students ID. I feel safe with the school knowing were I am as long as it is on school grounds. The school has no business in knowing where I am when I am not on school grounds.

10/15/2014
Hoover Alabama
Awesome
Adema Hoover city schools
Schools are taking it to far to track students and it is being a problem

10/2/2014
des moines iowa
karla
amos hiatt
well this could be a good thing if the administrators werent doing just to take them to class but to check why do the things they do or to see who did it and why they did it you know a reason behind everything because this sounds like they are stalking their own children and it just its just wrong

4/23/2014
eugene or
Snowphy
winks/casecade
no because they can stalk u and that's very creepy!!!!!!!!

4/22/2014
salem
Lucas
sprague
to me its a good idea with putting id cards on students to me the only reason why anyone would appose is students that do wrong things to get in trouble with the system and i don't do anything wrong so i have no problem with the system and its great for security just yesterday my friends car just broken into and no cameras or idea who did it on school ground. and so if we had the id system it would be a lot easier to find who did it.

4/21/2014
M
Troy
T.R.
It's not right. Honestly, would you want someone watching where you go? Especially since it's everywhere?

3/27/2014
Ohio
TJ
Shiny Lake
Well, I do agree with the prevention of children skipping class but, I feel that us children should have the responsibility of doing the right thing. We should be treated like individuals, not numbers and files stored in a computer to be monitored.

3/27/2014
Constantine Michigan
Jarrod Endsley CMS
Waldrup(mr)
If you walk into a school building, it is that school and the staff that are there to teach you what you need to know to be successful. If your off wandering around and no one know where you are, i think its best for them to be able to find you and get you back to class, where you can learn. Also the school and the staff are responsible for you during school, so if you get hurt its on them for not teaching you the correct circumstances, and watching you if they suspect you of getting hurt.

3/27/2014
ark kansas
chris
burton
my privacy and not there.just because they think that they can do what they want don't mean that we had to do this all on there one.

3/27/2014
MI
Shane
CMS
It is security, but it doesn't have to be required that you have your card on you at all times. The point is that they aren't injecting you with a tracker like on the Hunger Games, they are just putting it in your student ID.

3/26/2014
WA
alina
lakota middle school
I agree!:)

3/25/2014
Michigan
Trenton
Constantine Middle School
It's a good idea!

3/24/2014
Michigan
Joe
Constantine middle school
I think it is an invasion of people's privacy because you could be in the bathroom and they would have to know everything and everywhere they you are. STALKER

1/28/2014
New York Queens
Joseph
Junior high school 157 Stephen a Halsey
I think it is a security measure

12/5/2013
Porterville/CA
Samantha
Smith/MHS
It is unnecessary for the ID chip because "bad guys" could hack the system of any school, get a child, get the ID and leave it somewhere, and take the child. The child might be killed, raped, or mentally hurt. The child's life may never be the same ever again, that experience will leave damage. The child might get teased at school because of what happened to them

10/28/2013
Conway South Carolina
Jeffery
Mr. Fowler/ HCS Early College Highschool
Putting tracking devices into school id's is infact a major invasion of privacy . I think that it is a great idea to keep track of students while on campus but the minute they step off of campus i believe that it's out of the schools jurisdiction. Schools have no business tracking students outside of school. Schools have phone numbers and many different ways to contact students now, why would they need to implant tracking devices into identification cards.

8/30/2013
bluesprings, Mo
Charlese
BSSHS
I feel like its not fair. It's an invasion of a students privacy. What goes on outside of school is non of there business. Just like they have private lives outside of school students do also.

3/15/2013
new jersey
indo
Mrs. Pacewic
i can say that it is an invasion of privacy because why you got to knnow our eveyr move all day

3/12/2013
New Orleans, LA
Liz
Helen Cox
I can see an advantage RE: truancy. Parents sometimes think their kids are in school when actually they are skipping. This would help increase attendance.

2/25/2013
Greeley CO
Vanessa
Mrs. Quay/ Brentwood Middle School
I believe that tracking students id cards is an invasion of privacy. It can Also cause harm to students. i read ann article about this topic explaining how anyone couldhack into the trackng system if they get a hold of the students unique tracking number. Therfore it should not be aloud.

2/22/2013
ohio
madison
tallmadge middle school
i dont think adding traking devies to student ids is a very good idea because the tracker doesnt just stop at school, which gives parent are reason to explain

2/20/2013
Sidney, MT
Abbe
Mr. Faulhaber
I don't think this is such a bad idea. If you are afraid of the tracking device being invasion of privacy, leave it at the school.

2/7/2013
boca raton
michelle
Pope John Paul II
no no, this shouldn't be going on

2/7/2013
NY
Sean
Dryden Midddle School
This is crazy.

2/6/2013
surfside sc
mackenzie
st. james middle school
they shouldnt

1/30/2013
ID
orrin
lonestar
it might increase attendance but it will get into our lives

1/30/2013
nampa ID
dylan
Mrs.fleming/Lonestar
They shouldn't be able to track our every move. It's unnatural

1/29/2013
Ny
Shiro
jamesville dewitt middle school, the eighth grade
They should let the student do as they want, if they want to use the tracking id then they can. However if they don't then they don't have to.

1/29/2013
New York
Samira
Jamesville Dewitt Middle School
It violates students rights, freedom and on top of that, I don't want someone to know when I am going to the bathroom.

1/28/2013
jamesville ny
Edward
jamesville dewitt middle school
i dont think schools should have tracking devices

1/23/2013
nampa id
noah
mrs wilson lonestar
i think they should because what if some one takes you when they are not looking

1/23/2013
Nampa/Idaho
Nicholas C.
Ms.Wilson/Lone Star ms
I would not even goto the bathroom at school

1/18/2013
Hattiesburg MS
Greg O.
Mrs Langham
I think they shouldnt because it wouldnt be safe for the students

1/15/2013
Hattiesburg,Ms
Tyler W.
Mrs. Langham
I agrees and disagree because it safe to know where the students are, but student should at least tell the teacher where you been at. But I don't really understand why tracking your student is going to help what if somebody come to a school with a gun and start shooting how are the tracking a student going to help them then I really think it is just a waste of money. Their should be officer checking unknown people for anything guns, knifes, or even bomb on them check their cars for anything or even if somebody come pick up a child and not their parents check and see if the child's parent didn't send them. I think that would make school safe.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Lacey
Mr. Faulhaber
I think it could go either way. Like if they are just gonna track a students id just to bust a party or just to see what you are doing then that should not be allowed at all. If it is not on school time and on the students time it should be the students business not the schools business on wheather the kid is partying or what not.

1/7/2013
Montgomery/TX
Rachel M.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I believe that it is completely ridiculous that students are to have a tracking device. I would not be okay with that considering it is a violation of privacy and the First Amendment. Enough schools already have strict rules when it comes to truancies and attendence.

1/3/2013
Montgomery,TX
Logan
Metzger/ Montgomery High School
I think that students tracking ID's are an invasion of privacy. Schools are already strict about there students attending school and they shouldn't be adding more pressure on the students to attend school.

12/20/2012
Washington/NJ
Celeste
Rokos/WHHS
If I wanted to be tracked like an animal I would go to jail and finish my GED there.

12/10/2012
Montgomery/TX
Devan S.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I feel that it's absurd and the school is violating the students privacy and god given rights. I believe the idea should be thrown out due to the fact that schools already have a tough enough policy on attendance and truancies and the students will be pushed away instead of drawn in.

12/10/2012
Montgomery, Texas
Payton F.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
I believe that this is a way for the school district to receive more money from the state. In Texas, schools receive money based on how many students they can count in attendance. The ID tags all the districts to count students who are not sitting in their homeroom classes, because they track students’ throughout the campus. The school will end up receiving much more money than needed to invest in the ID tags. The school says that it is protecting the students’ safety by making sure that they are on campus, but having trackers in their ID’s does not ensure their safety. Students will find ways around the trackers if they truly do not want to be in class. I think that the district should focus on the students who are at school and are ready to learn rather than those who obviously do not intend to be there. If the schools want to ensure the safety of their students while on campus, they should find ways that do not violet a person’s civil liberties.

12/9/2012
CA
Yovana
MHS
Though tracking devices might improve school attendance, most students would think it`s an invasion of privacy and those who intend to leave school will do so anyways. Instead of trying to find ways to make more kids come to school, they should focus on those who actually want to be there. I don't think it really violates the first amendment.

12/8/2012
Montgomery/Texas
Kyle M.
Metzger/Montgomery High School
In my opinion both Hernandez and the school board make good points on the issue of school tracking ID's. The ID's would help with attendance issues which would improve the schools state funding. However I don,t believe students should be tracked and I would not be comfortable if my school were to enforce this. Even though in the event of an emergency this system would make a world of difference in assuring the location and safety of my fellow peers. The tracking ID's are good to an extent but I'm not sure they are worth all the uproar they are causing.

11/28/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
While tracking ID's would probably improve attendance at school, I would not be okay with the school tracking me at any time of the day because schools do not take precautions necessary to prevent misuse and abuse of the system until it's too late to reform the system. I don't think it really violates the Constitution, it's just personal preference and caution.

11/19/2012
Belleville, NY
Samantha
Colby/Belleville Henderson
Student tracking IDs are very unamerican, and almost a little Big Brother in my opinion. But I also believe that if a student leaves school grounds they are no longer the school's responsibility. A school is meant to prepares students for the real world and in order to do that than schools need to give the students and opportunity to make the right decisions on their own. If a student feels compelled to skip class than a tracking device will not make that student feel any more obligated to attending school.

11/16/2012
Irving
Kimberly
Helen Bradley/Nimitz
Tracking devices are just a bit too overboard. It's expensive and there are a lot of schools across the nation who are struggling just to get textbooks that are up to date, maybe even lacking teachers. So adding onto payments isn't any help at all. I'm sure a tracking device isn't going to improve school attendance by much. If the information of students is so easy to reach through this tracking system then there's no point in having it, because it's just as easy for them to get tracked by anyone else.

11/16/2012
Irving/TX
Rose
Bradley/Nimitz
As a teenage High School Student I can confidently say that ID tracking will not reduce the number of absent if anything I would probably increase them. I do see the good intention behind the idea and responsibly that come from looking after the students and knowing where they are, but method is ridiculously and its not the solution to the problem. To beginning its costly, education has already been cut down my the state government as it is. Also the tracking of students is a violation of the 1st amendment.

11/16/2012
Belleville, New York
John
Miss Colby
The tracking ID's would not only be a nuisance, an invasion of privacy, and intimadate students and make them feel uncomfortable and controlled, but it would be a huge waste of money. The systems and all that go with keeping them running are expensive, and some schools are struggling to maintain the basic things that they have now. I believe it would also effect student performance, as they would not be focused and would feel very uncomfortable going to a place they see nearly every day.

11/16/2012
Belleville NY
Ashley
Colby/BHSC
I feel that having an tracking system in a school ID is an invasion of privacy. It could be a safety issue if other people could gain access to the monitoring system, and find out where you are.

11/16/2012
Belleville, New York
John
Miss Colby
The tracking ID's would not only be a nuisance, an invasion of privacy, and intimadate students and make them feel uncomfortable and controlled, but it would be a huge waste of money. The systems and all that go with keeping them running are expensive, and some schools are struggling to maintain the basic things that they have now. I believe it would also effect student performance, as they would not be focused and would feel very uncomfortable going to a place they see nearly every day.

11/16/2012
Henderson/NY
Peter
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson Central School
If anything it will make attendence worse and scare students because anyone with the new ID's can be tracked by anyone and can cause increase in crimes.

11/16/2012
montgomery texas
Alex B
Montgomery high school
It's scary to think but if you have a tracker on you who's to say how secure the data is. If someone can pay $30 and know your address how safe do you really think you are? It is also very expensive first you have to buy all the trackers then the software and computers to run them. You have to issue one to every student and the. Replace the ones that get lost damaged or stolen. And who do you think is going to pay for all this, that's right us and do you really want your hard earned money to be used to violate your privacy?

11/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Pablo G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Tracking ID's? As in dog chips that dog owners install in their PETS to make sure they don't get lost? There is no difference between the two. Wait. We, the students, are not the school's pets. We are not their property. Yes, by law, students are required to attend school, but that does not entitle any school system to the rights of knowing any student's exact whereabouts, on or off campus. Safety would be a hazard, as accessing the locations of the students would be as easy as pushing a button, and who exactly is pushing the button? Who tracks the students? Do the parents get a say in this? This is a clear direct overstepping of the school's rights. No where did parents, students, or any law regarding to education agree to the tracking of students. Students are human beings of free will, not mindless pets to be overseen and tracked at the will of a school, or whomever was to get behind the push of that button.

11/15/2012
Irving/TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Having tracking devices on student IDs is an invasion of privacy, because students having the IDs home shows where they live to anyone with access to the tracking program. And what if they accidentally keep them on? Then wherever they are going can be tracked. As they said, "a predator could use this information to determine if the student is at home and then track them wherever they go." It is unnecessary to have tracking devices, it is too much money for the whole program, it can cause the students to rebel and it isn't sure that it will reduce truancy. It's a recipe for disaster.

11/14/2012
Montgomery Texas
Shelby M.
Montgomery High School
Having student tracking IDs sounds like a great and easier way to see if kids are in school or skipping, but that could create a safety issue for the kids. Predators can gain access to this monitoring system and track kids every where they go. Maybe if there was a way where these IDs only worked inside a certain perimeter then maybe parents would be open to this idea. As far as students, if the IDs look the same as their old ones they can switch them and no one would even know. Students could also use the excuse of leaving them at home or loosing them. With all these loop holes and the high cost for these ID's I think risks out way the benefits with a tight budget most schools are facing today.

11/13/2012
irving texas
Jasmin T.
Nimitz Bradley
Having a student tracking ID is only going to make students rebel and purposely be absent. Teenagers alone hate being watching by their parents, and will not accept teachers and others watching their every move. I don't think at all that it will improve the attendance like they think it mite. I know for a fact students would rebel, they would refuse to close to administration in fear of them somehow putting the device on them. If they were going to bring that device to a school I think they should put it the schools where the kids were kicked out.

11/13/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda
Bradley/Nimitz
This is quite disturbing. To imagine having something on you that tracts your every position is a big invasion of privacy. I understand the idea of teachers and parents trying to secure the safety of the students, but there are other ways of achieving this goal. It is not an easy task to accomplish considering the rebellious state most young adults are in. Since I have 11 years of perfect attendance at school, I am not part of this group, but even so, I am still against the idea of having tracking devices. Most of the people I've met in my school life have admitted to skipping a class at least once in their life. This has shocked me and I feel like something should be done about it, but putting tracking devices in student ID Badges is not the answer. I personally will not feel safer with it. The fact that someone can access my location with ease actually makes me feel more prone to danger. As for the 1st amendment, it does not violate it. The tracking devices do not prevent you from going somewhere, unless its somewhere your not supposed to be like if you're skipping school, so therefore it doesn't violate the 1st amendment.

11/13/2012
Irving, TX
Kelsey
Bradley, Nimitz High School
Well of course a tracking device in the ID badges would lead to improvement in attendance, but the moment a students puts that ID on they have become a dog. A dog whose owner thought that their pet was not responsible or trustworthy enough to let roam free. First we start with tracking devices then the ID will be able to speak and a alarm will ring when its student is discovered to be skipping. I would not be okay with this badge because I know I am a busy person and I am everywhere all the time. I even stay at school during my senior out sometimes. How would the tracking device work around senior outs or off campus lunches and classes? Would they turn off because the student no longer needs to be at school till the next class or day?

11/12/2012
Irving, Texas
Ashley P
Bradley/Nimitz
As a teenager, I can honestly concur with the idea that tracking ID's will NOT reduce absences. Instead of reducing absences, tracking ID's would cause an uproar and an increase in student rebellion leading to the students inclusively going on a strike of sorts. Tracking ID's are a complete invasion of privacy and by wearing them, the students run a risk of being tracked by strangers who do not work for the school system. This idea is honestly frightening. Besides, why punish the kids that come to school, do their work, and strive to succeed? If the students have to motivation to come to school, they won't come to school regardless of the punishments.

11/6/2012
Irving/TX
Martha
Bradley/Nimitz
Honestly, I do not think that tracking Ids will reduce absences at school, as teenagers, when something we don't agree with is imposed over us, we'll manage to get around it. I'm not saying everyone will, but the majority will protest. As for my school being able to track where I am during school ONLY, doesn't sound that bad. However who can assure me that they won't track me outside of school? Even if the paperwork when getting my Id, specifies that no teacher nor school faculty will have access to my location after school hours, it is just a rule written in a piece of paper that is left for the teacher to follow. I definitely rather not have to deal with wondering if they know where I am at every second. In my opinion having tracking Ids does violate the student's privacy, and also have more possible bad outcomes than, good ones.

11/3/2012
Irving/TX
Bethany
Bradley/Nimitz
The idea of having a tracking devise on my ID badge is frankly very disturbing. Who has the authority to know where I am at all times besides God? The answer is simple: no one. I certainly don't want anybody tracking my every move. I understand that there is a real problem with truancy in most schools today, but that doesn't make forcing every single student – even the ones who always do what they are supposed to do – to carry around a tracking devise. Invoking this technology punishes the students who do show up to school everyday and want to succeed. This ID tracker sends a message to them that even though they do what is expected, it's not good enough, and they will be put in the same category as those students who don't do what they ought to do. This could lower student morale, and in turn make the attendance level go even further down. If the students are beaten down with the idea that they are being controlled, watched, and scrutinized, most of them without a doubt will not want to come to school at all anymore.

10/31/2012
Radyard , mt
Donovan
Norhtstar
Schools that have tracking in I'd is so stupid, because students need there peace and stuff. If they want to know were i Am just text me and I will text u back were I am.

10/31/2012
Benson,AZ
Casaundra
Sorenson
Schools having tracking IDs is overly extreme and is easily an invasion of privacy, the school may be responsible for students but they don't need to know their exact location every minute of the day.

10/31/2012
Benson/AZ
will
Sorensen/Benson high
If you want to know where i am, ask me. I feel as though it is the same to me if you track me as if you are calling me a liar. In asking me a question, you are extending me the commo courtessy to listen. In todays society, the value of a man's word is declining. Maybe i'm a little olsd school but i was raised to believe that a man is only as good as his word. If you won't like my answer or don't trust me, don't ask me any questions. If you want to treat me as if i'm in prison, should i not have the right to act as such? Morals have taken the back seat to "authority" or the perception thereof. I feel as though watchimg a man in a situation such as this is calling him a liar.

10/30/2012
Sidney, Montana
Mandi
Mr. Faulhaber, Sidney High School
No I do not think it will improve attendance in schools I honestly believe that it will cause an uprising. If my school were to go through with something like that, I would flush mine down the toilet. I do not want anyone knowing where I am at, at any time of the day. I would feel violated and I would be very unhappy.

10/30/2012
Sidney Montana
Cody
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney Highschool
I don't believe a school should be able to track a students every move through out a day in school. A camera does justice when you are curious to who is wandering the halls. I would feel violated if a teacher was able to monitor ever single move I made every single time I walked through the doors of my school.

10/30/2012
Sidney, Montana
abby
Sidney High School
I think this would make it easier for kids to leave school. They will just leave their badges or IDs at school or with a friend. If a kid is going to skip school, then they're going to no matter what.

10/30/2012
Sidney, MT
Amber W.
SHS
I believe, even though i value my personal privacy, that student tracking IDs is a good idea. I believe it would lead to the prevention or lessening of "troublemaking" in school. If students know the act will not go unnoticed then they are less likely to commit. This will also help with incorrect accusations. When a wrong doing is commited in school it is hard to dig up enough evidence to accuratly accuse someone. Student tracking IDs would help prevent wrong accusations. I believe overall, its a good idea.

10/30/2012
Irving/Tx
Katie D.
Bradley/Nimitz
Theoretically, having the IDS tracked would improve attendance and have an effect on truancy. However, if students are refusing to wear the badges as a form of protest then nothing is being accomplished. I would be okay with my school using this because there are so many times that I am marked absent when I am just with another teacher and will be using a pass to get to class, but then it's too late and I get stuck having to deal with my attendance lady to make sure that I get marked as present. I would feel safer if the school knew if I were on campus or not; I would like to see a way to where this would only track during school hours, and only track students on campus. This doesn't violate the First Amendment because it's already a requirement to go to school by law, this is just a way to make sure all students are safe and where they should be.

10/28/2012
Irving/Texas
Hannah
Bradley/Nimitz
Tracking IDs will help schools keep track of their students but not very accurately. Students will have the tendency to let their friends keep their IDs at school while they could be off campus not participating in school. I would not okay with having my school track us because people could easily obtain our information for purposes other than school attendance. I would not like my school knowing where I am at all times because I feel that it is an invasion of privacy.

10/28/2012
Irving/Texas
Lily
Bradley/Nimitz
I personally don't think putting locator radio chips in student's badges will improve attendance and reduce truancy. Those who normally break the rules will continue to do what they please regardless of anything. Technology is easy to fool,and students will always find a way around it. I wouldn't be okay with my school tracking me,even if it was just on school grounds. I take it upon myself to be where I need to be at all times. The thought of being tracked makes me feel uncomfortable. I want to feel trusted. I wouldn't feel safer knowing the school is aware of 'my location'. Like I said before, technology is easy to fool. My badge may not always be with me. Plus, no where does it say that the administrators will know whether someone is in danger or not by wearing the tracking device. This does violate the First Amendment right of assembly and association.

10/26/2012
Benson City
Shane
sorenson benson High School
I think that students should not have school ids because if teachers want to keep them on that teachers students should be free students should just go to school and injury there day with out students worrying about teachers watching over them they are not the parents they are there to tech them not treat them like there in jail or something that wrong

10/26/2012
benson, az
luis
mr. sorensen/benson high
i think that all school should give students more privcy and not have IDs with a micro chip but if the school need to then they can do that but it helps more to give them more of them selfs.

10/26/2012
Benson/az
Fausto
sorenson
I don't that schools should go that far because we came here to study no to be treated like prisioners or anything like that because students will not have privacity yo be around the country or any place because they know some one would be traking them all the time

10/26/2012
Benson, AZ
Mason
Sorenson
I do not think that tracking IDs will help the attendance rate of schools. Students constantly look for loopholes and most likely find a few. There would be no purpose to waste so much money on a tracking system if it can be cheated. I probably wouldn't be okay if the school was able to know where I am at all times, I take it upon myself to be where I need to be. I wouldn't feel much when it comes to safety. The only difference with having tracking IDs is for administrators to know where you are, there is nothing on the chip that alerts an administrator when they are in danger. I think that tracking students violates the first amendment and all that it stands for.

10/25/2012
Irving, TX
Brittany H
Bradley/Nimitz
I believe that tracking IDs will not improve the attendance rate at school. In fact, it might just start many problems. Many parents and students would not like the idea of there child or themselves being tracked at all times. It is an invasion of privacy and is likely to make most students uncomfortable. If it were my school, I would transfer myself to a new school simply because the idea of knowing that someone was tracking me at all hours of the day would be too much. Plus, the amount it would cost to make the IDs that many students will more than likely brake or have lost is very expensive. Instead of wasting that money on tracking IDs, that money could be used on more educational thinks like new textbooks and school supplies.

10/24/2012
Irving/Tx
Hector S.
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think that tracking IDs will help the attendance rate of schools. Students constantly look for loopholes and most likely find a few. There would be no purpose to waste so much money on a tracking system if it can be cheated. I probably wouldn't be okay if the school was able to know where I am at all times, I take it upon myself to be where I need to be. I wouldn't feel much when it comes to safety. The only difference with having tracking IDs is for administrators to know where you are, there is nothing on the chip that alerts an administrator when they are in danger. I think that tracking students violates the first amendment and all that it stands for.

10/24/2012
Irving/Texas
Chhering
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think tracking IDs will improve attendance at school because if student want to skip classes they don't like they will just keep their ID in their locker and go somewhere else. I would be okay if my school have a tracking device in my ID as long as it only work in the school. Yes, I would feel safer if school knows where I'm.

10/24/2012
benson,az
alissa
sorenson/ benson
i think the chips do invade your privacy because we are kids going to school not going to jail, and you dont need to be tracking the students and everything they are doing.

10/24/2012
Benson/AZ
A10
Sorenson/Benson
I agree that the chips are an invasion of privacy. That is something that is going way too far, and takes away from their freedom to choose. But then again it could probebly save a lot of heart ache in the end. It all depends on their our free agency. If they are getting that bad then yes it is okay. But if it is like it is here then not necressary.

10/24/2012
Benson/Arizona
Jonalyn
Mr.Sorenson/Benson High School
yes i think that a tracking device is an invasion of privicy, i think that knowing were everyone is at all times is a little wierd and unneccissary becasue if they arent were they are supposed to be that is there problem thta they dont wnat to lear and they will regreat it in the future.

10/24/2012
Watertown/ MA
Laura G.
Mr. Rimas/ watertown high
I can understand why schools would want to put tracking devices in school ideas. It would improve safety for the students. But it is an invasion of privacy. Students shouldn't have the fear that as they walk around school they are being tracked and followed. They are many concerns that come with these tracking devices. If the person monitoring the students was a predator, it could leave the students vulnerable. I want to be able to move freely without feeling like I am being watched. If these tracking devices were put into place, students would rebel. Many would leave their id's at home or leave them in places to try to trick administration. There are other ways to protect students and this method should not be used.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Victoria
Rimas/Watertown
Even though a school is responsible for the well being of all the students, especially in high school an individual should be completely responsible for themselves and make their own decisions. School's can put forth rules but have no place to take it to the further extent of invading privacy. Kids now a days get in trouble for a lot of things that jeopardize their future , and tracking them would be just a more brutal way for schools to penalize them.

10/24/2012
Watertown/Massachusetts
Arielle
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High School
I think its ridiculous to track and monitor students, there is no trust between teachers and students. I would feel as if I would have no privacy. This may students may also cause students to rebel and not want to come to school.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Cali
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
I think that it could be a good idea as long as it only tracks the students when they are in school. if a student goes missing they can use it to find them. At the same time it is a complete invasion of privacy.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Majda
Mr. Rimas/ Watertown High
i do not believe that tracking IDs in school is appropriate. This is symbolizing that there is no trust between the teachers and students. i would feel as if i had no privacy. people could easily leave their ids in a classroom, or a locker and skip school if they wanted, which would not improve attendance it would only make kids want to rebel and break the rules even more.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Maysa
Mr.Rimas/Watertown High School
In my opinion, all students should feel safe and secure in school. However, while feeling safe and secure, their privacy should still be maintained and by having student tracking ID's their personal whereabouts would always be known. There is a point where the line should be drawn between safety and invasion of privacy. Although it is all well and good to protect students while in school, having tracker ID's will only make them resent the school and its policies. Many would defy the rule because they find it to be an invasion into their personal lives, which even the school should have no control over. There must be other alternatives to keep kids safe in school without having to put personal tracks on each ID.

10/24/2012
Watertown MA
Tatevik
Mr Rimas
I think that ID's are not necessary. The ID's could be removed by students, and in that case how is the school going to find out where the students exactly are? Besides, they cost a lot of money, which can be used for other school issues. The ID's does not guarantee hundred percent protection for students.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Diora
John Rimas/Watertown High
I don't believe that tracking ID's will improve attendance at school for many reasons. First, it is invading the student's privacy, second it costs too much money, third there might be a case where the student forgets or looses the badge. This proposal is unnecessary and has too many consequences such as having control over students and leading them to danger. For instance what if the tracking system got on the hands of a bad person and the student stays after school, someone can track them.

10/24/2012
watertown / ma
Stephanie
mr.rimas/watertown high school
I think that the tracking ID's will not cause any positive change in the students behavior. Only the cost for a tracking equipment installation is $526,065. This amount of money could be used in other school issues like better educational sources or lunch food products. The implantation of tracking ID's violates the privacy of students. In my opinion, students will become more rebels if they are obligated to use tracking ID's.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Spencer
Mr. Rimas/ Watertown High
I think that tracking students by id cards is extremely stupid and a huge invasion of privacy

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Thien
Mr.Rimas / Watertown High
Speaking from my point of view, public schools are in a way a huge paradox. School is suppose to be a place where you can feel safe and secure, but it can also be the deadliest place ever to a young and sensitive student, being exposed to the threat of constant bullying, sexual harassment, pressure from your parents. Seeing as how schools are equipped to only being able to help physically, I understand how ID tracking could be use to help student feel safer and maybe even do better in school.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Edwin
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
If my school who have RFID readers on my student IDs, i would rebel against this. It's invading my privacy and truely wrong. It'll make predators track you easily and can ambush when you are walking to your locker, bathroom, or leaving the school when getting dismissed. Students who are scared that this will happen, will leave their IDs home and bring their old one. It would be a waste of money each year to make new ones for kids coming into the school and keep it running. The school can use that money to make their educational enviroment better and rewards those who keep a perfect attendance record and go to every class. It's idea that will cause more harm than good.

10/24/2012
watertown ma
Barry
John Rimas/Watertown High
I believe that the tracking id is an invasion of students privacy. I understand that it keeps track of where people, animals are but it is morally incorrect. People should be able to have privacy but knowing that people know where you are and what youre doing violates that privacy.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
gabriel
Phil Rimas/Watertown high School
I believe that this is a good idea because it would keep track of the students in the school but I do not believe that it would increase attendance.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Vinney M.
Watetown High School
I think tracking IDs would hurt more than they would help. They would cost the schools more money, money that could be used to enhance our education instead of violating our privacy and tracking the students wherever they go.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Melanie F.
Watertown High School
I think that it wouldn't be a good thing to have because students could just leave their IDs in their locker, and skip school. Also I think that it is an invasion of privacy because the school will always know where you are, and if someone else gets it then they will always know where you are, and that's bad. so i think tracking IDs are a bad idea, and it wouldn't improve attendance.

10/24/2012
Watertown/ma
Nazish
Mr. Rimas/Watertown High School
I think student id will not improve the school attendance because the student will still doing the same thing. And even student won't like this tracking id things. maybe some will come to school and some maybe hide some where. we should something that the student like it and good for school. If the students don't like it then what the point of doing that thing. If students are happy with it then it will good for school.

10/24/2012
Massachusettss
Logan
Mr. Rimas
There is no way that tracking IDs will improve attendance at school. For those kids who skip school and cut class this will have no effect on them. They will find ways out of this, as stated above like leaving their ID at home or putting it in there lockers. This would only become useful for the students that the school already doesn't have to worry about. I personally wouldn't be against being tracked but I also believe that it would be a waste of money.

10/24/2012
Watertown/MA
Brittany
Rimas/Watertown
As a student, I am firmly against the implementation of tracking devices inside of school IDs. I understand the reasoning behind them, but I do not think the expensive devices would actually improve attendance. Many students would rebel against the system by refusing to wear their IDs, and nothing short of embedding the chips in their skin could make them. I feel that a tracking device is in direct violation of my right to privacy. If we allow schools to track and know the location of their students at all times, what is there to stop that from being a government policy next?

10/24/2012
Watertown, Massachusetts
Charlie
Mr. Rimas
It shouldn't be the school's responsibility to track kids down and bring them to class. This way the kids not attending would be punished and the rest of the students wouldn't have to be punished in such a creepy way. I would feel uncomfortable if the school knew where I was, even during school hours. The radio chips are also always broadcasting, so tracking outside of school is possible as well. It seems to me that it violates my right to not be searched without a warrant or probable cause.

10/24/2012
Watertown/Massachusetts
Anas
John Rimas/Watertown High School
Invasion of privacy, because you just don't do that.

10/24/2012
Massachusetts
Alyssa
Rimas
I believe that tracking ID's are an invasion of privacy and a huge waste of money. The people who are being tracked with the ID's for not going to class are probably not much help to society anyways. By not going to class, these students most likely wont graduate and in today's society not having a high school diploma wont get you very far.

10/24/2012
Watertown, ma
Kevin
Rimas/Watertown High School
Tracking IDs for students would be a complete invasion of privacy and totally unacceptable. If a school is that worried about their attendance then they should focus their efforts and money on ways to better their classroom environments.

10/24/2012
Watertown, MA
Anthony
Rimas
I believe that tracking IDs would improve attendance, but it would be unconstitutional, and would take away from peoples rights. Students should not be forced to wear them.

10/23/2012
Irving/TX
Daniela R
Bradley/Nimitz
I doubt tracking IDs will improve attendance at school, in reality it would probably make it worse. Teenagers would most likely rebel against it and skip school. I would be furious if my school had tracking IDs, that would be a major invasion of my rights. I would not feel safer knowing the school knew where I was at all time, as safe as I do now, which is not very safe. The tracking violates the students privacy, but maybe not the right of assembly and association.

10/23/2012
benson AZ
brandon t.
mr.sorensen
i think that this could be good and bad haveing IDs for kids because bad things like what if a kid a miss pleces there ID's then there not going to have probs there . and good things it keeps junkies in school and also helps track kidds but the school does get money from it so that also good

10/23/2012
Irving,Tx
Heather E
Bradley/Nimitz
Having tracking id's would improve attendence for the simple fact that some kids would be too scared to try and skip if they were being tracked. However, it is unconstitutional to track students while at school. It defys a students right to privacy, and afterall isn't that what attendence is for? Some would feel safer having tracking id's but I feel safe without them just because of all the security we have her on campus.

10/22/2012
Benson AZ
Miriam E. & Lucy F.
Mr.Sorensen
Students should not be forced to wear student tracking ID's , because it kind of is an invasion of their privacy. It is an invasion because just the fact you are being "tracked", is weird and uncomfortable. Even cameras, sound better and it's doing the same thing. The purpose of student ID's are to track students' location and that would signify that the students cannot be trusted.

10/22/2012
Irving,Texas
Sona
Bradley Nimitz
Tracking ID's are not going to improve attendance at school because kids could find a way to get around with it. For example, they could skip school and get someone to give them a fake note with a signature. No one actually checks the signature or anything to make sure that the student was actually doing something that was stated in the note. I wouldn't mind if my school did that because, i am usually at school and doing what i am supposed to be. But i do think that tracking ID's are an invasion of privacy because it is up to an individual to do whatever he/she want and where they want to be at. It shouldn't bother the school administration because if a student really cares about his/her future,he she will do whatever they can to make sure that they are doing good. If they do decide to skip,its their private choice. Just because they decide to insert chips/ usetracking ID's kids are still going to do what they want no matter what.

10/22/2012
Edinburg, Texas
Argent m.
Rev. Dr. C. Lynch
I think the tracking ID's breaks the constitutional rights, but in other heand is not bad as a parent to know where is your son at scool time. Is good for the student security too.

10/22/2012
benson/AZ
mchael g.
mr sorenson/ benson high school
i think that since the school gets paid for attendance, it is safe to assume that the school is tracking students like animals for the bigger pay check. since most teachers just want the pay. out of all my teachers and mentors i could pick out a handful that has lagitamitly cared about me as a person

10/22/2012
Irving/Texas
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
The fact that students can be tracked does not mean that that they will not find a way around it or not even care about what were to happen is the skip school or class. I would personally not be comfortable with being tracked. I would not feel safer because the school would have to know that I am in danger for them to know to track me. The tracking device does violet the first amendment because one has to give anyone the right to invade ones privacy in that way.

10/21/2012
Irving/TX
Kristian
Bradley/Nimitz
I think if everyone was on board with the idea of tracking devices then it would improve attendance at school. It wouldn't not improve attendance if a lot of people were against it, because it would encurage many students to go against the rules. I wouldn't be okay with someone tracking while at school, because you never know if the tracking is actually only done at school. I would feel safer, at certain necessary times, if the school was aware of my location, but only during an emergency. I wouldn't feel safe if it wasn't for an emergency. I believe tracking devices would violate my first amendment if i did not agree to them.

10/21/2012
Irving,Tx
Dominic B.
Bradley/Nimitz
I don't think tracking IDs will improve school attendence. Kids will keep on doing the same exact things. Its doesn't matter if you are tracking them or not. I would be completely against Nimitz tracking me. Privacy goes out the window when you have technology like this being brought into the schools. Kids should be able to go on with their day without worrying about being tracked

10/20/2012
Irving/Tx
Rebecca M.
Bradley/Nimitz
I do not think that tracking devices will help with attendance at all because with the technology that is out there these days kids can easily disable the tracking device or trick it. I would not feel comfortable with a tracking device on school grounds because it will make me feel like I was in prison or on house arrest. In some ways a tracking device will make me feel safe because I know that no matter what happens the someone knows of my surroundings, but I would also feel unsafe because it will make it easier for creeps to find you. I think tracking devices takes away some of the little freedom that we have.

10/20/2012
Irving/TX
Mayra Z
Bradley/Nimitz
I really do believe that IDs tracking chips could improve the attendance of students, but i dont think i would be okay to track people with the chips. I believe if my school had this kind of system I would feel like my privacy was being violated because we never do know when someone out of the system could have access to this and lead to a student then they would be in danger.In a sense I would feel like I was secure of knowing that the administration did know where I was at,but then again I would not be sure if that person tracking me is not someone that could locate me trying to do evil intentions.I believe this does violate the first amendment because people should not be tracked or be violated of their privacy, it just seems wrong to know where a person is or have the tracked, even if it is for a good reason.

10/20/2012
Irving/TX
Marisol
Bradley/Nimitz
Tracking IDs will not improve attendance in school. If anything, students will feel like their privacy is being invaded and will have the urge to want to rebel against the tracking chip. I personally wouldn't mind if my school tracked me while ON school grounds. I have nothing to hide. But, I wouldn't like the idea of being tracked. It would make me feel like I am not trusted. Although, knowing that I could be tracked if something happened to me does give me a sense of security. But, if I'm to carry a badge that has a device that can tell ANYONE where I'm at and where I live, I wouldn't want to have anyone who is anyone knowing my personal information if I'm to lose it. Now THAT wouldn't really promise security. Also, regarding the 1st amendment, I wouldn't consider it a violation. I would still feel the same, except for the fact that I would feel like a child. I understand that schools would want to improve attendance, but having a device that costs a lot of money that can lead to many “losses” would not really be very effective.

10/19/2012
Irving/Texas
Vanessa C.
Bradley/Nimitz
It would improve the attendance in school because more student will be tracked and they will go to school. I would be fine having a tracker device because students will feel safe around school grounds. But at the same time I wouldn't like to have a tracker device with me because I feel like if I don't have privacy . The ID check device it is violating a little because every one is different and we have our different opinion so for some of us we will react to this a violation and for other they would not mind.

10/19/2012
AZ
Noah P
Sorenson/Benson High School
Student tracking has benefits, both for the school's funding and for parents' piece of mind, however it does bring up the issue of privacy, as well as the elephant in the room, legal precedent. If we decide that it is acceptable to track students, what are the odds of society eventually deeming it socially and morally acceptable to track any other private citizenry. I can not help but think of the famous sermon by Martin Niemöller, "When the Nazis came for the communists, I remained silent; I was not a communist. When they locked up the social democrats, I remained silent; I was not a social democrat. When they came for the trade unionists, I did not speak out; I was not a trade unionist. When they came for the Jews, I remained silent; I wasn't a Jew. When they came for me, there was no one left to speak out."

10/19/2012
Benson AZ
Justin
Mr. Sorenen
I think it should be illegal, its a big invasion of personal space. What you do when people arent looking is your own thing, ya they might be responsable for the students but make it a clased campus. Maybe if they only have to wear them at school it wouldnt be too bad because they shouldnt be anywhere then anyways so it doesnt really matter. if they dont like it dont sign the papers at the beginning of the year.

10/19/2012
benson AZ
jesse r.
sorenson
yes this would cut down on truancy and help some kid stay out of trouble but it is a bad idea. it sounds like anyone can follow you anywhere. it could increase the number of stalker because it makes it easier for them. also if someone hacked or stole someones id card you could think that someone is doing something illegal when they are at home.

10/19/2012
Benson, AZ
Allyson D./ Katya P.
Mr. Sorenson/Benson High School
I think that ID bracelets for students is invasion of privacy. It isn't the schools responsibility to know everything that you are doing. If kids are doing something bad then that is their fault, not the schools.

10/19/2012
Benson/AZ
Karma
Sorenson/Benson
Its an invasion of privacy and students will be outraged, only causing worse behavoir. Young adults like to be trusted, and will not apprieciate being tracked down like wild animals to make more money. If it were my school, I dont know a single student who would be okay with tracking ID's.

10/19/2012
Benson/AZ
Brett
Mr. Sorensen/Benson
My idea on tracking ID's is the same as the parents who are concerned about their childs privacy. They could help with attendance and in case of emergency, and they may be meant for good use, but in the long run, the worst could come. I for one would not like the school to know of my whereabouts, not that I would do anything wrong, but because I do like my privacy and I do feel like it violates our First Amendment some what. I wouldn't trust having a tracking chip in my ID and thats that.

10/19/2012
Irving/Texas
Monica
Bradley / Nimitz
Yes, at first it will improve attendance, but as time passes the students would want to rebel towards the tracking ID's. I personally don't agree with putting tracking ID's of the badges. If there's any chance of somebody getting a hold of where i am. Then i'm sorry but no i want my privacy and i will have my privacy. There are amendments for a reason and i will use them.

10/19/2012
Irving/ TX
Amber P
Bradley/ Nimitz
I don't think attendance will improve much, those who break the rules will continue to break them. No, I think it's a violation of my rights, I like to feel trusted. I haven't missed a day of school- even when I'm sick, I don't need to be "tracked," like some animal. No I wouldn't feel safer, I would feel less safe actually, it's just too much. Yes, I think this tracking violates my rights. Like I said before, I want to feel trusted, I'm legally an adult at 18, this stalking business is just ridiculous.

10/18/2012
Irving Texas
Frankie R
Bradley Nimitz
For those students who are okay with being tracked yes i think the attendance of a school will surely improve. Yes and no. Yes, because what if an emergency happens and you can not be found? No, because being able to know of everyone's whereabouts at once is kind of wrong and unnecessary. I would feel safe, but sometimes knowing your being watched at all times can become uncomfortable. I think the tracking ID's is indeed a violation of someone's freedom and should not be enforced in schools.

10/18/2012
irving/tx
Cindy M
Bradley/ nimitz
I do believe that it would improve the schools attendance. Then again is someone going to go look for each and every student when they are not where they are suppose to be? Thats a little over board in my opinion. If someone decides to not go to school thats there fault and they should take the punishment. I would definatley feel like my privacy has been violated if i knew the school could track me. If they can track a student while they are at school only that would be alot less over board.

10/18/2012
Irving/ TX
Kenia R
Nimitz/Bradley
I dont think that tracking Ids will improve attendance because teenagers are clever people that will always find a way to do what they want to do. Technology is easy to trick and specially if the attendance will be taken by the tracking device a kid can always tell a friend to take his badge to a class so the other one can skip. I would not want to be tracked in school. I think the tracking does violate the first Amendment, because we should have the freedom and the responsibility to do what we think is right.

10/18/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer T
Bradley/Nimitz
Being able to track students is a violation of privacy and the First Amendment. If our parents don't do it, then why should our school district do it. If students want to skip, then they will always find a way to do so. There a lot of cons in my opinion, if a student leaves a badge in class, then they are technically present, and technology can also fail at times. If the school has to take such a severe measure as to installing this program, then the school itself is not doing its job. They are wasting money on something that is the teacher's job, to keep up with students.

10/17/2012
Irving Texas
Carolina RJ
Bradley Nimitz
I do not think that this is the solution to fixing attendence among students. The only way o do that is to make the classroom more enjoyable. Mainly because students will find a way to protest this tracking down. Also the funding that is needed to install the chips and to have someone assigned to administrate this is too much. There are more serious problems within education that need more attention.

10/16/2012
McAllen, TX
Jackie
UTPA
i don't believe traking IDs would improve school attendance. The article states that some students already don't wear the new, and very costly IDs for various reasons, so what plan has the school put in place to ensure/mandate that IDs are worn at all times while on campus. If the argument for implimenting the IDs is for student safety, what guarantees the ID will remain on the students' person in the event of a disaster, abduction, etc. I am assuming this ID is pinned on or worn on a lanyard so they can very easilty be removed or fall off.

10/16/2012
Irving/ TX
Liliana
Bradley/Nimitz
I think putting tracking chips on student IDs is a great idea to reduce truancy and improve attendance in school. However I would not be okay with my school placing a tracking device on my student ID because it is a violation of my First Amendment. I would not feel safer walking my school knowing that someone somewhere knows my exact location

10/16/2012
Irving/Tx
jazm
Bradley/Nimitz
These tracking devices would be an invasion of privacy. The fact that someone can pay to see my first and last name and my address really scares me. Yes I understand that the purpose is for truancy reasons, but what are we suppose to do when we are in the bathroom are in an athletic locker room? I think these tracking devices would cause a lot of controversy in our district that is not needed. Some schools are stating that when there truancy is high they lose money, but what they fail to realize, If some students feel like there being violated then they can easily leave their badges at home, or leave them in there locker. What happens if a student loses their badge? The tracking devices would have more of a negative effect then anything.

10/16/2012
Irving, TX
Sandra E.
Bradley/Nimitz
The tracking IDS will defiantly improve attendance at schools but i would not be okay with the school tracking me everywhere i go. Yes, i would feel safer but at the same time i feel like my rights to the First Amendment would be violated. If the school has to take drastic measures as to installing this program then the school itself is not doing their job. It is up to the teachers, security guards/police's duty to make the students feel safe; Not a technology device chip. If truancy is what they are worried about then the school needs to make better policies, install security cameras, more security guards etc. School is suppose to be a healthy and comfortable environment in were students are encouraged to learn, this program is going to implement the complete opposite. We are individuals that seek for a good education, not criminals that need to be monitored 24/7.

10/16/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer R
Bradley/Nimitz
Putting tracking chips into student ID's will lead to a lot of unhappy students and possibly parents. The students will feel violated and will surely "accidently" leave there ID's at home- if they even decide to show up to school. Being able to track students is a violation of privacy and the First Amendment. Also the money the money being used for this uneccessary cause could be invested in something more productive like updated books. Tracking students at school is going over the limit.

10/16/2012
Irving/Tx
Ashley C
Bradley/Nimitz
Personally, as a student myself, i believe that putting tracking chips in student IDs is an invasion of privacy. Regardless of whether or not the tracking chips will decrease truancy, it violates our First Amendment Rights which are guaranteed. Yes, the tracking IDs will improve school attendance. But i would not be okay with my school tracking me and i would not feel safer knowing my school is aware of my location.

10/16/2012
Irving/TX
Sandra C.
Bradley/Nimitz
I doubt that tracking ID's will improve attendance, but I would be okay with my school trying tracking ID's. I don't necessarily feel safer, but it would help when my teachers count me absent because I'm at a school event on campus. The tracking ID's does not violate my first amendment rights.

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