Texas Student’s Tracking Chip Suit Goes To Court

SAN ANTONIO (December 17, 2012)--The family of a 15-year-old student who’s fighting the use of tracking badges at the girl’s San Antonio high school will ask a federal court Monday to keep her on campus.

San Antonio’s Northside school district equipped 4,200 students this fall with mandatory ID badges containing tracking chips.

Administrators say locating students via computers will improve safety and boost attendance records that are used to calculate how much state funding a district receives.

But sophomore Andrea Hernandez refused to wear the badge, and the district says she must transfer to another campus if she doesn't comply.

A San Antonio federal court Monday is set to hear the family's request to stop the district until the lawsuit is settled.

Northside ISD is the fourth-largest school district in Texas.