Pennsylvania Confuses High School Student High Jinks With Felonies
from the major-overreaction dept
High school authority figures notoriously overreact to students' use of new technology, typically out of fear that the overuse of these newfangled devices will have a harmful effect on young minds. In another example of how this misguided fear has gone too far, a Pennsylvania high school turned over 13 students to local police, and now the kids are facing felony charges for computer trespass. Apparently, the students got ahold of an ill-kept administrator password, reconfigured their school-issued laptops, and downloaded music and "inappropriate" images. Sneaky, perhaps even rule-breaking, but felonious? It's not like these students did anything overtly bad, like changing their grades or committing an actual crime. Even the superintendent admits that they didn't compromise the school's server or anyone's private information. You'd think just giving them detention, revoking their laptop privileges, or grounding them would be sufficient, but maybe those acts have been outlawed in this town too. Rather than fairly punishing students, this case merely wastes resources that could be spent on real problems and, more unfortunately, discourages intellectual curiosity.