U.K. Kids Get RFID Chips In School Uniforms
I think this story is best summed up by 'We're treating schoolchildren like we treat our criminals'.
Considering police in Canada don't even have the right to fingerprint you, even if you're arrested, this is shocking to me.
Ten schoolchildren in the United Kingdom are being tracked by RFID chips in their school uniforms as part of a pilot program.
If the program proves successful as a way to hasten registration, simplify data entry for the school's behavioral reporting system, and ensure attendance, Trevor Darnborough, whose company, Darnbro, filed for a patent on securing RFID tags to clothing, hopes other schools will be interested, according to the Doncaster Free Press.
The chipped children are enrolled at Hungerhill School in Edenthorpe, England, a secondary school for ages 11 to 16.
David Clouter, a parent and founder of Leave Them Kids Alone, a children's advocacy group, condemned the plan. "With pupils being fingerprinted and now this it seems we are treating children in a way that we have traditionally treated criminals," he told the Doncaster Free Press.
"The system is not intrusive to the pupil in the slightest," Hungerhill teacher Graham Wakeling told the Doncaster Free Press. He also said that all the patents of the children in the trial supported the tracking effort.