Washington high school under fire for requiring students to wear ‘ankle monitors’ for COVID tracing

Each day we get closer and closer to a “Minority Report” world where your every move is tracked and recorded. When restaurants began to reopen last year, many required that you sign a roster in order to dine in so that if anyone on the list contracted COVID (added to which they would have to tell the restaurant) everyone on the guestlist for that day would be notified.

Now we are witnessing from afar a nationwide manhunt in Australia for a guy who sneezed in an elevator without covering his mouth nor wearing a mask. There was no one on the elevator with him. If only everyone had a tracing monitor attached to their body (soon to be an SKU on your skin or a chip in your brain perhaps?) a lot of manpower would be spared looking for scoundrels who defy the law by performing a natural bodily function in private. Sure, he was sick, but apparently, he’s patient zero.

The latest imposition comes out of Washington State, where a high school in Eatonville has declared it will require tracing monitors for all student-athletes and coaches. This, they say, is in order to facilitate the continuation of high-contact sports and moderate-contact sports.

The device, called TraceTag is equipped with visual and audible sensors that alert students when they break distancing protocols and also collects data to be used in determining who, if anyone, has come into contact with a COVID-positive person. Students are required to wear the device regardless of vaccination status, but only unvaccinated students must quarantine for 14 days if a positive COVID case appears in the tracing data.

Eatonville High School said in a statement that they had received grant funding and decided to spend some of it on the monitors. The manufacturer says they can be affixed to a hat or helmet or can be worn on the body.

Some parents were quick to liken the device to ankle monitors worn by those under house arrest.

“Ankle monitors are for criminals not children,” commented Holly Laubsch in a Facebook post.

“Some of this stuff is getting NEW WORLD ORDERISH, and if anything, intrusive, overbearing and overreaching,” commented Facebook user Khari Nellum.

Terry Elliot also voiced her discontent: ‘This is ridiculous! It’s almost like you’re shaming the students. If that’s not a form of bullying I don’t know what is.”

Only one appeared to support the idea: “Being pro-active is a excellent way to Contact Trace, since it is inevitable that at least one person will get the virus or even have a positive Covid test. Great thinking on someone’s part,” David Giezentanner commented.

Eatonville H.S. cited the NFL and the SEC, both of which apparently use monitors of a similar type, in their justification for the new measures.

However, objections from parents halted the implementation of the plan, pending a school board meeting set for Wednesday. The school district refuted they are using tracking devices on students, calling them ‘proximity monitors’ instead, adding that there should not be concern about the student’s privacy because the device is only worn during practice.

School board director Matt Marshall told The Post Millennial that their use had been suspended. He said they had “shelved the devices until proper procedures including community input and board approval process occur.”

The devices were additionally implemented as a way to reduce the inconvenience of submitting students and staff to constant testing. The school also tried to assuage the fears of concerned parents saying that the devices do not use GPS tracking, therefore the whereabouts of students would not be tracked, nor would their identity be stored.

Sure.

Frank Webster

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