A call to Quadro headquarters was referred to the company's lawyer, who did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did we hear from Long or Brian Clements, the security chief for Galena Park ISD, who demonstrated the Tracker at local schools and posed with one for the cover of the Press last year.
HISD security chief Bruce Marquis did phone us back. To hear Marquis tell it, he reluctantly okayed the purchase of two Trackers as a deterrent of sorts, to stave off a mad shopping spree by school principals. "We were instructed to buy these things," he says, "so the principals wouldn't go crazy, and instead of having two, we'd have had 250." Marquis says he was "skeptical from the beginning," but only after the Press arranged for two Rice physicists to test the Tracker at HISD was he convinced the device wasn't what it was cracked up to be.
Marquis says HISD spent about $1,900 for its Trackers, but he hopes the district can get its money back. The Tracker was advertised as being able to locate "hard currency," so he may want to start dowsing.