January 18, 2013
Having lost her appeal, 15 year-old student Andrea Hernandez is leaving John Jay High School after school officials denied her request to allow her to continue her “education uninterrupted” by permitting her to use her old (chipless) ID badge which “does not signify participation in a program which I believe conflicts with my religious beliefs.”
In her handwritten letter, Hernandez writes: “I do not wish to wear the new badge, even without the RFID chip, because it signifies participation in the program.”
Hernandez, who has been threatened with expulsion for refusing to wear a chipless RFID tracking badge, had her request for a preliminary injunction denied by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Western District of Texas. Rutherford Institute attorneys argue the school is violating her rights under Texas’ Religious Freedom Act and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.