Judge Issues GPS Tracking Devices for Truant Students

At Bryan Highschool in Texas, truancy has become such an epidemic that a Judge has decided to forced 22 Truants to wear GPS devices. His decision supports the AIM (Attendance Improvement Management) initiative which is also launching a similar program in Port Aurther, Texas.

Aside from requiring students to to wear the GPS devices which can be monitored online, the program also provides coaching, where several times a week students have phone conversations with counselors about school and setting positive goals. So far AIM has proven very successful with a 97% attendance rate for students who participated in Spring of 2009.

“It provides sustainable results,” says Judge Gillam. “It empowers them to stay in school.


(Via KXAN News and Chip Chicklets)

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  • darylhanright

    That judge is a moron. Does he actually believe that using technology to locate and return these truant kids to school is going to cause them to suddenly want to be there?

    It never ceases to amaze me that people still believe the stick works better than the carrot. This judge is obviously limited in ability to generate productive ideas and would rather get press coverage than create something effective.

    Here’s a lttle news, Judge:

    Punishment has an extremely short half-life. What do you plan to do when they’re no longer moved by the whole GPS effort? Lock them in jail? Maybe prison. Yeah, that’ll teach those truant kids. A hitch in the old scared straight stuff. That’ll get them moving on the right track. Yeah, yeah yeah, I know. “If we don’t stop this tendency and truant behavior, we’re looking at taking care of them in the prison system forever.

    When all you have is a hammer, everything is a nail.

    I was trurant. Hell, I was truant a lot. In fact, I dropped out. I had my fun and then went to work. Today, I’m worth more than $11 million dollars in assets and I’m retired at 52. Turning out badly has not one thing to do with truant behavior.

    Try using an alternative educational environment that is capable of discerning what actually interests these kids. Mainstream school is an outright disaster and the results are all too plain to see. People are not all alike and if these kids would rather be rebels, then use that to your advantage and put them in a learning environment capable of helping them make it beneficial. Locking them in ankle bracelets doesn’t do a damn thing. Get a grip.

    That judge needs to have his head checked.

    And incidentally, I’m African American and grew up in neighborhoods lined with the drug crowd. So don’t spew out the garbage that it’s the environment as well. I was successful because I had a mentor that knew how to focus my rebellion into leadership and direction. That’s what you need, okay? NOT MORE PUNISHMENT. WHEN ARE YOU PEOPLE GOING TO LEARN!!!!!!!

  • darylhanright

    That judge is a moron. Does he actually believe that using technology to locate and return these truant kids to school is going to cause them to suddenly want to be there? It never ceases to amaze me that people still believe the stick works better than the carrot. This judge is obviously limited in ability to generate productive ideas and would rather get press coverage than create something effective. Here's a lttle news, Judge:Punishment has an extremely short half-life. What do you plan to do when they're no longer moved by the whole GPS effort? Lock them in jail? Maybe prison. Yeah, that'll teach those truant kids. A hitch in the old scared straight stuff. That'll get them moving on the right track. That's it. Push them right into anti-social environments where they can learn a whole new education. That judge needs to have his head checked.