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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    btr1701 (profile), 23 Feb 2010 @ 5:52am

    Re: Re: Duct Tape

    > The school would most certainly have considered that hacking
    > or jail breaking

    Not sure how they could do that without admitting that they were spying on the kids at home in the first place. The fact that the admin was lying to them about what the blinking light meant, they'd have a hard time disciplining a kid for taping over the camera without having to explain how they knew the camera had tape over it in the first place.

    And this is almost getting to the point where the school is essentially requiring the kids make their private home life available for scrutiny. No tape over the camera? Fine. What if the student turns the laptop toward the wall whenever he's at home? Is that "jailbreaking", too? What if they don't even take the thing out of their book bag? Are the kids required, under threat of expulsion, to make sure their laptops are situated in such a way as to make their bedroom activities accessible for school monitoring?

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