At least one group is worried the ankle bracelets will infringe on students’ privacy.
Linda Penn, a Bexar County justice of the peace, said she anticipates that about 50 students from four San Antonio-area school districts — likely to be mostly high schoolers — will wear the anklets during the six-month pilot program announced Friday.
“We are at a critical point in our time where we can either educate or incarcerate,” Penn said, linking truancy with juvenile delinquency and later criminal activity.
Truancy and behavior problems usually mask a learning disability.
All the ankle bracelets and GPS units in the world cannot fix that.
What this will do, however, is make kids think that their learning disabilities are to be punished, and not resolved, which will alienate them even further from the school experience.