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Texas Schools’ Tracking Devices Cause Controversy

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 says 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 say 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.

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