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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    Michael, 22 Feb 2010 @ 6:33pm

    What were they really watching for?

    If the laptop wasn't reported stolen, why was a school employee activating and watching the camera? Perhaps trying to get a peek at something he/she shouldn't have been trying to see in the first place?

    Not only should the school be disciplined harshly for authorizing such behavior, the individual performing unwarranted spying on students in the privacy of their homes should be investigated for child pornography offences.

    If this happened to my daughters, you better believe there would be a forensic examination of the school systems used to spy on them.

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