Parental responsibilities eviscerated as state takes over
Paul Joseph Watson
Monday, August 27, 2012
Children in nine Austin high schools are to be given GPS tracking devices and assigned “mentors” in a program designed to prevent truancy yet one that also illustrates how kids are being treated like prison inmates.
“With parent permission, up to 1,700 students across eight high schools will be equipped with a GPS device that looks a lot like a cell phone. They will also be teamed up with a mentor who they have to check-in with using the device several times a day,” reports KXAN.
The program is being overseen by Dallas-based AIM Truancy Solutions. The company boasts that the system has boosted attendance figures at other high schools by around 12 per cent.
Nine Austin schools are currently part of the program as well as other schools in San Antonio, Dallas and La Joya.
The idea of tracking kids with GPS devices and forcing them to check in with a “mentor” is not far removed from prisoners being made to wear GPS ankle bracelets and being assigned parole officers.
Austin is by no means the only city to use GPS technology to keep tabs on schoolchildren. Similar programs are in place across the country, including in Anaheim where kids are seventh- and eighth-graders with four unexcused absences or more in a school year are forced to carry GPS devices.
Palos Heights School District in Illinois is also using a similar system, attaching GPS locators to children’s backpacks in order to “locate kids in seconds.”
The program underscores how school has come to represent prisoner training for many children, with their every action being under constant surveillance, indoctrinating them to accept a similar environment in the outside world.
The justification that students need to be tracked and surveilled by school authorities outside of the classroom for their own safety and performance is one that has been abused repeatedly.
In 2010, the Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania used school-issued laptops to spy on kids in their own home. The controversy ignited after student Blake Robbins was disciplined for “improper behavior in his home”. It turned out that school officials had installed software on the laptops that used the computer’s webcam to send images back to the school server every 15 seconds.
Schools across the country have also installed surveillance cameras in bathrooms to spy on children.
The story also serves as a stark reminder of how the role and responsibility of parents to discipline their own children is being eviscerated, with the state stepping in to fill the void.
Forget GPS trackers and cameras in laptops – how long before America follows the British example of the government installing surveillance cameras inside the private homes of citizens to ensure that children go to bed on time, attend school and eat proper meals?
Under the guise of “Family Intervention Projects,” social services goons and private security guards in the UK are given the authority to make regular “home checks” to ensure parents are raising their children correctly. Surveillance cameras are also installed inside homes so government spies can keep an eye on whether parents are mistreating kids and whether the kids are fulfilling their obligations under a pre-signed contract.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show and Infowars Nightly News.