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Student tracking devices in Texas school district cause controversy

Published On: Nov 26 2012 07:34:39 AM CST
Updated On: Nov 26 2012 07:43:44 AM CST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -

A San Antonio school district's website has been hacked to protest its policy requiring students to wear microchip-embedded cards tracking their every move.

A teenager purportedly working with the hacker group Anonymous claims he took down the Northside school district's site Saturday. It wasn't working Sunday either.

District spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said he can't confirm that it was hacked.

Starting this fall, all students at John Jay High School and Anson Jones Middle School are required to carry identification cards embedded with a microchip. They're tracked by the dozens of electronic readers installed in the schools' ceiling panels.

Northside officials said they've been testing the tracking system to increase attendance in order to secure more state funding. The technology eventually could be used at all of Northside's 112 campuses.