About 1,000 Austin students were tracked under Orwellian surveillance program
March 14, 2014
Schools in Austin, Texas, have declined to renew their contract for a controversial program in which students who had chronic attendance issues were monitored via GPS tracking units.
Starting January 2010, several Texas schools began singling out students who were often late to class or skipped school and sending them to “truancy court,” where a judge would decide whether to outfit them with Aim Truancy Solutions GPS trackers.
Since then, the truancy court spectacle has been dropped. The Austin Independent School District now targets “students who were on the verge of going to court – those with chronic absences and those who were repeatedly tardy to class,” reports KXAN.
At full swing, about 1,000 Austin students in 9 different schools were being monitored 24/7 “between the time they leave for school in the morning and the time they check in for curfew at night,” according to KBTX.
Students being forced to wear GPS trackers like tagged animals reportedly only increased attendance by a paltry 2 percent, but the media, school administrators and Aim still touted the program as a huge success, largely because every time a tagged student attended class, schools earned money.
One 17-year-old student interviewed in KXAN’s report actually liked the device, to the point that she relied on it to “help” her get to school on time. The report neglected, however, to provide an account from students that despised the devices or who had strong moral reservations against being constantly surveilled by school personnel or private contractors.
While this may come off as a mild victory in the name of privacy and against the surveillance state, the district isn’t getting rid of the GPS units due to overwhelming criticism. Rather, they are unable to afford their Orwellian spy program any longer.
“AISD told AIM the program was paid for using a grant that ran out last year, and that the district had to cut the program to help close a $30 million budget gap,” Erin Cargile reports.
The program may have been eliminated in Austin, but Aim plans to continue spying programs in several other Texas schools, including “San Antonio ISD, Judson ISD, Irving ISD, and Aldene ISD. The company will soon be in Waco ISD as well.”
Under the guise of combating truancy, the trackers are very obviously merely another way of conditioning students attending indoctrination camps known as public schools to accept their life in a prison planet, where respect of authority figures is demanded and from which most of society’s ills are derived.
For years, Infowars has closely documented how public schools are being morphed more and more into prisoner and slave training centers, complete with barbed-wire fences, out-of-control school lockdown drills, pavlovian class bells and near-ubiquitous surveillance.
In 2010, we highlighted how laptops issued out by a Philadelphia school district to 1,800 students were loaded with software that would transmit audio and video to school officials, unbeknownst to parents or students.
We also followed the case of Andrea Hernandez, a San Antonio high school student who made the bold decision to refuse wearing a mandated RFID-tracking badge on the grounds that it violated her privacy and right to religious freedom.
And just last month, we reported on the Austin police department’s push to gain access to the hundreds of surveillance cameras inside AISD schools, for the children’s safety, of course.
As Paul Joseph Watson points out, GPS trackers are instrumental in creating a subservient population of sheep who will jump when told. “Such a system is hardly much different from prisoners who are mandated to wear a GPS ankle bracelet and regularly check in with parole officers,” Watson writes.