GPS To Track Truant Students In Anaheim

ANAHEIM (CBS) — Call it a last-ditch effort to tackle truancy in Orange County.

Two Anaheim schools have become the first in California to adopt GPS tracking to prevent students from cutting class.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa reports on the new voluntary program at Dale and South Middle Schools.

Students with at least four unexcused absences will be given a handheld device with a GPS signal to verify their location, which officials hope will cut down on truancies.

Anaheim School District Director of Safe Schools Rick Martens says participating students would be required to check in electronically five times a day by entering a text message.

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  • Trevor

    This is absolutely absurd! Spend the money on the kids who WANT to learn – this is a disgusting waste.

    • Chippy55

      Bravo! Liberal Democrats at their finest. Waahhh, I’m a big baby and not going to show up, I’ll fix you Gov. Walker, I’ll go to a bar in a different state. Hopefully they’ll all get picked up for DUI once they cross back over to Cheesehead territory, and the Conservative voters will oust them next time.

      • teacher

        You are all idiots. Wisconsin has the #2 ACT/SAT scores in the country because the state attracts good teachers. They have some of the best public educators in the country.

        You = just total idiots. There is no liberal conspiracy. Unions are supported and belittled on both sides. I hate to think that we all vote in the same election.

      • Andrew

        teacher: Do you read? erewhon is not an idiot; I am not an idiot. There are several intelligent, aware thinkers in this forum. Your point is well taken about labor and the quality of the education available publicly in Wisconsin. Your point about everyone here being idiotic, however, reflects poorly on your willingness to read the content in the first place.

    • Fanny Forbes Franklen

      “The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers.

      Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can “throw the rascals out” at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy.”

      ~ Carroll Quigley, Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in our Time stop being conned

    • shakil

      Completely outrageous. Whoever came up with this policy should be fired.

      • Andrew

        The source of this program must at some level be found in the industry that manufactures the GPS product. From that perspective, the party in question deserves a raise, not a slip.

    • GrownUp

      Perhaps they could use this technology on the AWOL democratic state senators in Wisconsin. Will it work over state lines? They were last seen in Chicago at a car show.

      • Erik


        While I certainly see your point about teachers lying, I cannot agree that they should be fired. If they have the sick time available, they have the right to take it. Kids lie continually and never get “fired.” When the teachers’ sick time runs out, they should be fired for taking days not allotted to them, and not a minute before. The schools made the problem. Now, they have to live with the decisions they have made. Accountability goes a long way.

      • touchdowntony

        I love that statement. So true. What a bunch of cowards.

      • Indignant

        Indeed, and fire every teacher who lied that they were sick. They should not be teaching “how to lie”!!!! Shameful teachers in Wisconsin who participated in this fiasco

      • endgametime

        Yes, cowards that have abandoned their posts. Military are executed for abandoning their posts in war. By running away, they have neglected their oath of office to uphold the constitution and are in dereliction of duty. THEY MUST GO.

    • Smart Target

      Then they can sic the gangstalkers on their little cases. They are also government funded and they don’t have housing costs nor do they pay taxes. They are a hidden community and are far worse than anyone receiving food stamps. They set people up for arrest and they are paid bounties for that too. Look it up folks, and read it and weep.”

      Look for bald guys with jingling keys and cell phones held out trying to intimidate with operant conditioning skits. We are all slaves, we have no rights. It is official. Look around you, how many bald men do you see who are shaved? How many buzz cuts. Any man who wants to be free should immediately grow their hair out so we women can know who they are.

      • andrew

        Wow. You’re nuts lady.

      • erewhon

        Valproate or geodon might help that delusional state. I do read it – but if I were to weep, it’d be for you.

      • Bluec

        Sorry lead paint Lizzy, its forbidden for good Christian men to have long hair.

    • Bruce_Almty

      Instead of a handheld GPS,,, just give them $1,000 to show up to school.

      • MarkBench

        Give them conservative teachers who teach how to think, not what to think. This would infuse common sense, necessarily eliminating illegal truancy, and insert a much needed generation of voters.

    • p3orion

      Oh, please! You and your tax fantasies have nothing to do with this! I don’t like income taxes any more than you do, but the matter has been settled. Work to elect legislators who understand and respect their Constitutional limits, and taxes and much of the rest will take care of itself.

      Stop wasting people’s time with BS interpretations of “secret hidden passages” that will do them no good and never stand up in court when they’re busted for tax evasion (just ask Wes;ey Snipes… he googled “Excluded Income”

    • sosure22

      LOL, If they gave my kid one of those, It would end up at the bottom of the nearest body of water. Fools.

    • Brain

      Want to learn?????? I supose you don’t realize that most kids who end up truant have family issues. They wanna learn but …………. I simply suggest some wisdome, knowledge and then a dose of compasion.

  • RC

    I think the problem is the schools dont get paid when a kid isnt there. Same with our jail system its a business now the more they have illegal or legal they make money. GREED!!!!

  • So what!!

    What a buch of idiots!!!!! How do these people get jobs….. Waste our money…

  • Bryan B

    They don’t have the financial means to provide pencils and books for those students who attend but they can afford GPS tracking systems for delinquents?? Delinquency results from bad parenting. If little Jonny doesn’t want to go to school then send both he and his parents to jail for 30 days. Once word got out that this was being enforced it would scare everyone straight.

    • Chuck Curry

      Truancy does not equal delinquency, and sometimes results from good parenting. My mother encouraged me to drop out recognizing that the system was wasting my time. Today, I am an engineer. Thanks ma!

      • Andrew

        You tell ’em. Role model.

      • nomoregore

        Go vouchers, go homeschooling!!!!!

      • Brian

        Nice point. Glad you had a mother active in your life. I would say that is a big part of the problem. Parents leave their kids to be “nannied” by the schools.

        Also they spend more on administration than on schooling. Why is it private schools don’t have that problem? Oh ya that’s because they have not become a source of fat money for politicians through unions. Unions were once a necessity now in most cases it has become a monster.

    • Chuck Curry

      Pencil and books don’t bring the fat salaries and hefty pensions…Only the dole does that…the more kids in the classroom, the more dole money the schools get. What the kids do while they’re in there doesn’t matter to the “educators”. Only the money matters.

    • AJnSD

      Go to jail? I think jail cost more than a GPS. Obviously, little Johnny has something more interesting to do than attend school. What a scam! What makes anyone think that little Johnny is going to call in if he can’t make it to school? Who is getting rich with this scam? Not you! Maybe, this will create jobs and stimulate the economy. A wish man once said, “They get the milk and we get the cheese”. Johnny recognizes that school is just another jail. It’s pre-jail, let him roam. Cha-Ching!

    • benth164

      Jesus Bryan you have just become, with that statement, part of the problem. We don’t have enough money or jail space. It is time the politicaly correct idiots back the fuque up and stop wasting our money on idiotic programs.
      Forcing kids to wear GPS devices INDEED !!!..Doesn’t this just prove who far our society has sunk into the depths of political correctness provided by the military industrial banking complexes. This sickness must end, or else the slaves may finally stand up and take you out with a scythe at the knees!

      • Offizier Thomas

        So when do you think they’ll upgrade to telescreens?

    • Jeff

      Jail requires housing. I would suggest the parents and students being put on probation and required to spend time on work crews picking up litter along the roads and cleaning parks. Both the parents and the student could attend jointly. If the parents lose a days of work doing this, maybe things would improve. Better yet, do it on the weekends so the students lose their weekends.

    • Jes

      I’m afraid that jailing parents would lead to kids holding parents “hostage.” They would get the idea, “I’ll do what I want. If you fight me then I’ll skip school and make you go to jail.”

      • Andrew

        You are too intelligent to be in this forum.

  • swhit

    Where is the ACLU????? aaaah yes, no money in it.
    Meanwhile our kids are treat like prisoners under a corrupt system who refuses to actually educate! This country is run by NATZI’s!

    People should be outraged, what next – us? Hmmm didn’t we laugh at the conspiracies about microchipping people? Wait for it E-Verify is the company that makes the V-Chip!

    • Alan

      The ACLU is now about making money from lawsuits of public entities (greed) to further liberal causes and destroy what made this country the envy of the world.

    • RC

      Swhit one of the first companies with the chip was digital Angel. My god if the name itself doesnt creep you out. By 2020 we should have no rights and our government will make all decisions for us.

    • erewhon

      Well, E Verify’s not a company, it’s a government program. And no, it doesn’t “make the v chip”. And yes, I do laugh about conspiracies regarding “microchipping people”. PS – that would be “Nazis”

  • Chris

    If Wisconsin is any indicator, it might be more worthwhile to track truant teachers (or legislators, for that matter).

    Waste of money.

    • A Guy in LA

      Absolutely, put them on the teachers who “called in sick” and missing legislators

      • Andrew

        Yeah, and on all agitators!

    • Missy

      Kids don’t want to learn – from teachers who don’t want to teach. Yeah, throw some money at that.

    • mw

      Dang it Chris, you stole my thunder. Negotiate a GPS for every public union member’s ankle in exchange they get to keep their job so long as they are where they are supposed to be!! What a unique thing, show up in the workplace when you are being paid to do so and don’t lie about being sick. Liars in government are not fit to receive tax payer money. What a great example of ethics for the kids. Pout, lie, do whatever to get your way. Time to lay down the law just like Reagan and the air traffic controllers. Do your job or go, just like real working people.

      • R

        Yea mw, while wer’e at it, let’s requrie all emailers to post their home phone number and address too. Hmmm, it got very quiet from you all of the sudden.

  • Jason C

    Sounds a little big brother-ish. But come to think of it, the state of Wisconsin could use something like this right now to track down some teachers and representatives who are not where they are supposed to be.

  • Michael Knight

    Another clear violation of the 4th Amendment. Let the kids go to work and get a practical education rather than forcing them to endure the absurd nonsense and propaganda taught in schools.

  • Martin Osterhout

    How long before one of the students with the GPS device gets sick of checking in & tosses the device down a sewer grate? And I wouldn’t blame him!

    • sean

      how long before they want to insert theGPS in our necks!!???!!!!! >>thats my question.

  • Jason C

    @Chris…I type a comment, answer a phone call, and then hit Submit only to see you beat me to the punch. Should have ignored that call. :-)

    • Andrew

      Because then you would have been cool.

  • Ackston

    an insane invasion of privacy. A state run institution using satellite technology to keep tabs on kids -this should make every freedom loving individual cringe. How about we start keeping tabs on truant teachers calling in sick in Wisconsin. Greedy parasites.

    • Andrew

      Don’t get me wrong. My love for freedom is as true and blind as any.

    • Andrew

      It’s a voluntary program.

  • don

    Save the GPS for Democrat legislators, they’re absent when the going gets tough.

    • Andrew

      You know what they say: when the going gets tough, the tough get going.

  • Gibbs Bentley

    “The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality” ~ H. L. Mencken

    • A

      “Money is the poor man’s credit card.” ~ Marshall McLuhan

  • Congress Works For Us

    How about GPSing the truant teachers in Wisonsin….

  • freedom lover

    I find it strange that no one seems to acknowledge that the compulsory nature of schools is in itself a violation of freedom. Yes, the GPS trackers are bad. But no human being in a free country should be compelled to spend all day in an institutionalized setting that he doesn’t want to be in.

  • ladyluck

    I think that we should do this with our missing politicans in Wi.

  • Elizabeth

    if somene tried to force me or any child of mine to carry something like that, it would end up in the trash faster than you can say “Unconstitutional.

    • Andrew

      It is a voluntary program.

      • Elizabeth

        It’s not likely to remain voluntary should it prove succesful.

      • Andrew

        Elizabeth – would you consider providing one example of the programmatic involuntary tracking of a person in the U.S. without a court order? If you can, you ought to bring it to the attention of the authorities.

  • Hank Warren

    Endless surveillane, yet another violation of our rights. Add it to the list of gov’t violations of our right:
    They violate the 1st Amendment by placing protesters in cages, banning books like “America Deceived II” and censoring the internet.
    They violate the 2nd Amendment by confiscating guns.
    They violate the 4th and 5th Amendment by molesting airline passengers.
    They violate the entire Constitution by starting undeclared wars for foreign countries.
    Impeach Obama and sweep out the Congress, except Ron Paul.
    (Last link of Banned Book):

    • Andrew

      Not to mention The Anarchist’s Cookbook. I’m still quite upset about that.

      • erewhon

        You should be – quite a few of the “recipes” in TAC aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on.

      • Andrew

        erewhon – How do you know this?

      • erewhon

        Andrew: some of them are dangerously unstable, some just fizzle. Some are ok. The trick is to know which. Better yet, get a better book. Had a teacher in blowing up stuff school that loved using TAC as a bad example.

    • Andrew

      Reads like a novel.

  • WeThePeople

    If your teacher takes you to a political rally during a school day, are you considered truant?

    Case in point, the illegal Wisconsin teacher walkout.

    • Andrew

      No, to answer your question.

  • aa

    the parent of a truant kid and the kid need to sign affadivit acknowledging the truancy and the fact that the state will no longer be a source of any program whatsoever for that family – your on your own – no assistance, including medical – good luck. don’t want to abide by the rules of society – you get squat.

    • Elizabeth

      Obviously a Democrat. Unlike your crowd, many of us don’t rely on state programs to begin with. We work hard and earn our own way, even if it means we have to make sacrifices.
      The Government does not have the right to track you in any way, shape or form. Not you, not your children. It is they who are not abiding by the rules of society.

      • Andrew

        Apparently a fascist. Unlike your crowd, Elizabeth, most of us eschew the glue. By the way, the government does have the right to track individuals in public places. So does anyone else, within the confines of law.

  • a fluffy bunny

    If I was a kid tryin to ditch school I would just go to school hide the tracker in a bathroom or planter or some other place on campus and walk off. How bout the schools save some money and just check the kids big brother account(Facebook) since I’m noticing no one has qualms about posting about their illicit activities no matter how illegal or inappropriate

    • Andrew

      Perhaps this is intended as a way to involve parents. Or maybe it’s a communist plot.

    • Andrew

      Big brother always was and always will be the will of the people themselves. Orwell is largely ignored. Serves him for trying to communicate such an ugly truth about our gentle reader.

  • crystalinwi

    what about truant teachers – today, my preschooler’s teacher didn’t show so she could protest, I didn’t know until I picked him up from school – a parent was asked to fill in, and between that parent, an aide from another classroom, and the other classroom’s teacher, my son was “supervised” today – should have let the parents know – unbelieveable

  • jason burnstien

    Kick the jerks out of school. just teach them to say “Do you want fries with that” and they are good to go. Spend the money saved on those who want to learn.


    If my child brought one of these home, the first stop would be the TOILET BOWL!

  • Kim Kaplan

    (One Nation under Sodomy)

    New Pledge of Allegiance
    I pledge Allegiance to
    the flag of the United States
    of Sodomites to the degenerates
    for which it stands one Nation
    Under Sodomy with Liberty
    and Justice Only for Sodomites.

    • Andrew

      Kim, I’m going to have to quote you on that one. Wanna meet up and burn a flag or something fun?

      • Andrew

        By the way; I like sodomy very much in my own butt.

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