In the old Soviet Union, Soviet subjects had to possess an internal passport to travel lawfully between certain places of the country to another - a special pass even to enter Moscow if they didn't live there.
Now in the state of the supposedly conservative Gov. Rick Perry, harsh measures of population coercion that not even the KGB dared to imagine are being ruthlessly enforced: Texas schools punish students who refuse to be tracked with microchips.
Since October 1, students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School in San Antonio, Texas, have been asked to attend class with photo ID cards equipped with radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips to track every pupil’s location. Educators insist that the endeavor is being rolled out in Texas to stem the rampant truancy devastating the school's funding. If the program is judged successful, the RFID chips could soon come to 112 schools in all and affect nearly 100,000 students.
Students who refuse to walk the school halls with the card in their pocket or around their neck claim they are being tormented by instructors, and are barred from participating in certain school functions. Some also said they were turned away from common areas like cafeterias and libraries.
Andrea Hernandez, a sophomore at John Jay, said educators have ignored her pleas to respect her privacy and told her she cannot participate in school elections if she refuses to comply with the tracking program.