George Orwell goes to school with your kids

George Orwell. Grave. Roll over.

According to NBC Chicago school administrators in the city are going to start GPS tagging students who travel to school by bus. Using a GPS technology developed by Zonar Systems the district will be outfitting students backpacks with luggage tag-size unit that logs when the student steps on and off the bus.

“A little piece of mind helps you get through the day,” says Ann O’Brien, a mother of four children in Palos Heights School District 128. “They can locate kid and bus in seconds.”

O’Brien says as she watched her children board and exit school busses today, with the new ZPass cards attached to their backpacks.

Palos School Superintendent Kathleen Casey says the system helps alleviate parents’ concerns.

“We can track the bus with the GPS, alleviate a parent’s fear if they got on or off bus, look up their ID number and find out what bus and what time boarded or if still on or exited,” she said.

I bet the kids are going to just love this. Anyone taking bets on how long it will take before those same kids hack the system.

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