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Local St. Louis Schools Use Bracelets to Monitor Children at School …And at Home
Gateway Pundit ^ | January 5,2012 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 01/05/2012 6:37:06 AM PST by Hojczyk

St. Louis Today reported:

When is the line crossed between better health and surveillance?

In early 2012, wristwatch-like devices called Polar active monitors will be used by older students in PE classes at all 18 Parkway elementary schools. District officials say the devices should help improve the students’ fitness and academic achievement.

Later this school year, the district plans to collect data about activity levels and even sleep patterns for a week at a time. It will have the students wear the devices round the clock.

Some parents and legal experts are raising privacy concerns about at least that aspect of the program.

The project

Ron Ramspott, coordinator of health, outdoor and physical education for Parkway, said a pilot project started in April provided the monitors during physical education classes to students at Henry and Ross elementary schools. Shenandoah Valley Elementary School in Chesterfield joined the pilot in August.

At the district’s Dec. 7 Board of Education meeting, the board approved expanding the project beyond the pilot phase. For the program starting this year at all elementary schools, the district will target grades four and five initially, Ramspott said.

The monitors measure activity by tracking every movement of the person wearing them. They display steps taken, calories spent and time spent at various levels of activity. An animated figure on the monitor indicates the activity level. A bar shows the target time for doing moderate to vigorous activity and the amount of time achieved at that level.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: arth; biggovernment; braceletmonitors; homeschooling; missouri; mo; nannystate; parkway; publicschool; publicschools; stlouis

1 posted on 01/05/2012 6:37:07 AM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

Why an ankle bracelet and not a dog collar?


2 posted on 01/05/2012 6:38:40 AM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: Jonty30
Optics. Michelle Obama is kindly and good, dontcha’ know.
3 posted on 01/05/2012 6:41:04 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Rights begin where power ends!)
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To: Hojczyk

This would never happen to a child of mine.


4 posted on 01/05/2012 6:41:09 AM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Hojczyk

Under the guise of “ it’s all for the childrens benefit” , it is imprisonment and should be taken to court and fought tooth and nail.

WTF are the parents in this ? ( I didnt read whole article yet )...... but wow,I’d pull my kids out of school so fast the school admins’ friggin commie heads would spin and pop off.
‘cept my oldest has already graduated and my other one hasnt even started school yet.


5 posted on 01/05/2012 6:42:22 AM PST by simplesimon (shut yer pie-hole)
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To: basil

AMEN to that ~


6 posted on 01/05/2012 6:43:22 AM PST by simplesimon (shut yer pie-hole)
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To: Hojczyk

The responsibility of the public school system is to educate your child so that they can read, write and do math sufficiently to function as an adult in society. Not to gather data on them for other purposes. Anybody who lets their kid wear that bracelet is an idiot.


7 posted on 01/05/2012 6:45:40 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Hojczyk

We need to raise a huge stink about this now, before other school districts get similar ideas.

I hope that Freepers with children in that school district remove them immediately.


8 posted on 01/05/2012 6:51:36 AM PST by Altariel (`)
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To: Hojczyk
Two words: Klein sidecutters...


9 posted on 01/05/2012 6:59:58 AM PST by moovova (Report my sarcastic, fear-mongering, hate-filled lies to www.AttackWatch.com by clicking HERE.)
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To: Hojczyk

Another article says the parents will have to give permission “mainly because of the responsibillity involved.”

Oh, really?

Read the comments at the end of the article. They are scathing.


10 posted on 01/05/2012 7:01:45 AM PST by goldi (')
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To: Hojczyk

It sounds like a way to accustom them to constant monitoring. If they get used to this as children, there is no telling what they will be willing to submit to as adults.


11 posted on 01/05/2012 7:07:59 AM PST by jmcenanly (Things will be better in 2013)
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To: Hojczyk

They should all take their kids bracelets, go to Home Depot, and put them on the paint mixers for a while, or stick them on the dog’s collar for the weekend.


12 posted on 01/05/2012 7:19:15 AM PST by stuartcr ("In this election year of 12, how deep into their closets will we delve?")
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To: stuartcr
go to Home Depot, and put them on the paint mixers for a while

Great idea! LOL!

13 posted on 01/05/2012 7:31:09 AM PST by knittnmom (Save the earth! It's the only planet with chocolate!)
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To: Hojczyk
"You are guilty of unapproved activities, eating unhealthy foods, or thinking unauthorized thoughts, and we'll be collaring and tracking you for your own good."

And then young Conan unsheathed his yataghan, and there was only the screaming, the semicircles of glittering steel, and blood drops spattering against the walls with a sound like blowing leaves...

Sorry...thought this was one of those threads where each person gets to contribute to the story... ;^)

14 posted on 01/05/2012 7:51:59 AM PST by AnTiw1
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15 posted on 01/05/2012 8:06:29 AM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: Hojczyk

I bet not one of the kids wearing these bracelets can name the Vice President, Speaker of the House, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court or the capitol of the state they live in and it is because the schools spend so much time on nonsense like this. I have decided to teach my kids about American history and our founding because they surely aren’t getting it in school.


16 posted on 01/05/2012 8:09:39 AM PST by albionin
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To: Hojczyk

This is just plain ol’ BULLS**T.

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17 posted on 01/05/2012 8:09:45 AM PST by flatfish
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To: albionin

Spend two more hours a day and you can homeschool in all the relevant subjects.


18 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:12 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Michelle Obama is kindly and good, dontcha’ know

How about the Obamas and the school board wear those first.

19 posted on 01/05/2012 8:30:40 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: basil

I would put it on one of my dogs & then take them for a long walk.

This is a direct attack on the 4th Amendment, IMO.


20 posted on 01/05/2012 10:10:47 AM PST by ridesthemiles
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To: basil

Or mine.


21 posted on 01/05/2012 10:24:58 AM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: Hojczyk

Is this before or after they put the schoolprison on “lockdown”?

These elitists are sickening and I can not beleive Americans cooperate with them! No way would they be monitoring my children! Way over the line!


22 posted on 01/05/2012 10:26:43 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Hojczyk
A future version will deliver an unpleasant electric shock when the child ingests more than the daily quota of carbohydrates or tunes to conservative talk radio.

My school district would never send my kids home with these. They know the bracelet would be returned attached to a brick.

23 posted on 01/05/2012 10:31:54 AM PST by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture (Could be worst in 40 years))
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To: simplesimon
how long before the parents who have kids who “fail” are required to meet in the town square and participate in mandatory calesthenics , tossing the medicine ball and wearing Dear Leader's official diaper?
24 posted on 01/05/2012 10:46:02 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB (Congress: Looting the future to bribe the present.)
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To: metmom

Ping


25 posted on 01/05/2012 11:42:48 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Hojczyk; bamahead; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; ...

Nanny State and Another Reason to Homeschool ping.


26 posted on 01/05/2012 11:46:22 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom

You’re quick!


27 posted on 01/05/2012 11:54:36 AM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: goldi
Read the comments at the end of the article. They are scathing.

Most of them.

There are a few clueless (useful) idiots in every crowd.

28 posted on 01/05/2012 11:59:13 AM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Hojczyk

For those that don’t know, and FWIW, Parkway is one of the better School Districts in St. Louis county. The kids are largely from upper middle class families in an affluent section of the Metropolitan area.

These are not the kind of folks I would expect to be on board with this kind of Bolshevik crap.


29 posted on 01/05/2012 12:04:48 PM PST by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: FreedomPoster

You happened to catch me online.

Besides, stuff like this makes my blood boil.


30 posted on 01/05/2012 12:14:02 PM PST by metmom (For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: metmom; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...
The monitors measure activity by tracking every movement of the person wearing them.



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31 posted on 01/05/2012 5:20:42 PM PST by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Hojczyk
The monitors measure activity by tracking every movement of the person wearing them.

I wonder how proud they'd be about their meddling if you put it on your dog who likes to run around the back yard lickety split for hours on end. I also wonder if the unit has a special display down at Nanny Central that announces it's taking a trip through the city sewers.

32 posted on 01/05/2012 5:31:53 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Hojczyk
When is the line crossed between better health and surveillance?

When did even better health become any of their beeswax? I reluctantly concede they have the authority to teach my kid math, but that's about it.

33 posted on 01/05/2012 5:33:16 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Jonty30
Why an ankle bracelet and not a dog collar?

Hell, I used to cringe every time I'd see a woman with her kid on a leash to a harness around their torso. This is completely beyond the pale.

34 posted on 01/05/2012 5:34:48 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Georgia Girl 2
The responsibility of the public school system is to educate your child so that they can read, write and do math sufficiently to function as an adult in society. Not to gather data on them for other purposes. Anybody who lets their kid wear that bracelet is an idiot.

I wouldn't even sign an opt-out paper. The idea is so absurd even that gives it more legitimacy and consideration than it deserves.

35 posted on 01/05/2012 5:36:28 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Hojczyk; a fool in paradise

Good ideer. If Fedex, UPS trucks can be tracked via GPS, why not the little mongrels!


36 posted on 01/05/2012 5:38:21 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Aevery_Freeman
Michelle Obama is kindly and good, dontcha’ know.

Sooooopreeeme Leaduh's always are. That's why they usually tack on "Benevolent", so you don't forget or get confused, poor little prole that you are.

37 posted on 01/05/2012 5:39:10 PM PST by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

ping


38 posted on 01/05/2012 5:57:55 PM PST by tutstar (Want pings to Aaron Klein articles and OWS nonsense?)
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To: Still Thinking
That is along the lines of the heart and brain activity bracelets we all will be wearing when obams care kicks in. Forget the death panels, they want to know the absolute earliest they can pull us out of the rolls ot those covered under obama care.

I have M.S. and my wife has stage 4 thyroid cancer. Yes we are both still alive, but have already seen our care becoming much more selective. We have NO illusions we will be targets when obama wins the wh again!
39 posted on 01/05/2012 6:10:57 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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