School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre: Student In Question Was Disciplined For Eating Candy

from the mike-&-ikes dept

The story of the school district that supposedly spied on some students keeps getting odder and odder. While the school district claims that it used the secret remote webcam activation technology 42 times -- and only to track down stolen or lost laptops -- it still hasn't explained why this particular student was punished. He claims his laptop was not stolen and there was no reason to turn it on. The school claims that the assistant principal who supposedly confronted the student with an image from the webcam is being unfairly tarnished.

But here's where it gets even odder. Apparently, the "improper act" that the student was disciplined for was an accusation of either drug use or drug selling. For what? Well, the image showed the student with Mike & Ikes candies, which do have a passing resemblance to pills, but (last we checked) do not appear to be controlled substances.

Now, there certainly could be more to this story, but the school has not done a particularly good job explaining its side of things.

Filed Under: candy, drugs, privacy, schools, spying, webcams

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    Tim (profile), 22 Feb 2010 @ 4:11pm

    If MY kids school administration told me...

    "For your child to pass this class, he must use a school provided computer. No privately owned computer will be allowed. In addition, this computer that we require your child to use has a web cam that we may activate at any time, no matter where the computer is. If it's a school day, or weekend, or 8 PM it makes no difference. We will be able to see what is happening in your house, your car, your kitchen, your bathroom, bedroom, or any place else this computer may go. We will also be able to see anyone else in your household who may be within view of the camera."

    There would be a parent uprising. There would be hundreds of parents storming the school. Of course in this case it seems no one was really informed of just what the school had the ability to do. And it's pretty clear to see why!

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