The Hernandez family rejected a compromise suggested by school officials that would allow Andrea to wear the same badge other students wear but without the microchip, notes WOAI. In court, Judge Garcia pursued the reasons for their rejection.
Steven Hernandez testified that accepting the compromise would be “falling in line with the rest and showing support for the program,” reports the Express-News.
“We have made what we think is a reasonable attempt to accommodate her religious objections,” testified Superintendent Woods.
Judge Garcia indicated that he would rule later this week on Andrea’s request for a permanent injunction to prevent the John Jay officials from forcing her to transfer unless she wears a badge.
Northside Independent School District — the fourth largest in Texas — comprises more than 100 schools over 97,000 students. It could eventually use the ID tracking system program at all of its campuses.
The principal at the high school had threatened Hernandez with expulsion before she and her father filed the lawsuit.