Among the many reasons teachers commonly give for fearing technology, probably few would cite eternal damnation. But in Randolph County, W.Va., the Board of Education has reached a compromise with a school teacher who opposed the school system's ID cards on religious grounds.

Philip Hudok, a physics and chemistry teacher at Elkins High School, refused to wear the card, saying its bar code represented the "mark of the beast."

During a Jan. 5 meeting, the board accepted Hudok's request that he be allowed to wear a card without a bar code. However, the board rejected Hudok's...

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