Texas Judge Rules Students Must Wear IDs with Tracking Chips

BY: - 9 Jan '13 | On the Web

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Last fall, Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas introduced student ID cards with tracking chips in them. Wearing the ID card allowed school administrators to know the location of students using GPS-like technology.15-year-old Andrea Hernandez and her parents were protesting the tracking mechanism for religious reasons. The Hernandez family believes the badge is a “mark of the beast”. However, Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the IDs are legal, and the school has the right to expel any student who does not comply with the rule. Hernandez will be transferred from her high school if she does not wear the tracking badge.

Judge Garcia stated in his 25-page ruling that the badge “has an incidental effect, if any, on (Hernandez’s) religious beliefs” and that because she wore a previous ID badge for several years, her decision to not wear the new ID badge “is clearly a secular choice, rather than a religious concern.” Andrea and her family have until the start of the new semester, January 22, to decide if she will comply with the rules to stay at her magnet school, or continue to refuse to wear the badge and therefore be expelled and transferred to her home school.

The Hernandez family and their counsel, Rutherford Institute, plan to appeal the judge’s decision, insisting that her religious concerns are sincere, and should not be dismissed.

BMWK – what are thoughts on the school using a tracking mechanism to know the location of the students? Do you think it violates their rights?

 

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VIDEO: Common Speaks On Youth Violence and His New Role

BY: - 10 Jan '13 | On the Web

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In a recent panel discussion including his upcoming film, Luv, music artist and actor, Common, discussed his views on the structure of black families and its affect on gun violence in America.

Luv, which is set to release on Jan. 18, centers around an 11-year-old boy in Baltimore learning what it means to be a man while longing for his family to be whole again. After his hero, Uncle Vincent (Common), is released from jail with plans to turn his life around, Woody is faced with figuring out the direction of his own life.

The film’s lessons connect with Common’s belief that better parenting and reconstruction of the black family is needed within inner cities. During the panel, he talks about figuring out how elders and young people can better support each other. Disagreeing with the NRA Executive Vice President, Wayne LaPierre, who suggested putting armed police in every school, Common feels that guns are not the answer to reducing violence among youth.

“I think the biggest issue for our young people is to have opportunities to dream, to have guidance, to have love and support,” he said. “More guns are never the solution. Putting more guns in there is not going to solve anything.”

Common recalls that while he was exposed to poverty and “street elements” in his native Chicago, he was fortunate to grow up in a black middle-class neighborhood.  However, he acknowledges that seeing positive and successful black figures outside of entertainment like President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama is what black youth needs.

Read the complete article on MSNBC’s website and check out the video below.

 

BMWK– What do you feel is needed to cut down and eventually put an end to violence in youth? How can we as black parents change the future for our own children?

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Stacie Bailey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a master's degree in Interactive Communications. She has strong interests in youth, social media and an overall love for sharing knowledge and information.

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