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, 23 Feb 2010 @ 12:51pm

    Re: if I own a computer and lend it to somebody to use

    you are out of your mind. they accessed the program allowing them to spy 42 times by their own admission. think of it like this, how many times did they access this program to see a high school age girl changing in her bedroom? how many private conversations between parents and their kids did they spy on? the possibilities for administrative creepiness are unlimited in this case. what was the reasoning for accessing this feature 42 times? it says it was "only to track down lost or stolen laptops" but this kid didn't report it lost or stolen, so what were they really accessing? not to mention, these laptops were just given out in sept, do they expect me to believe that 42 laptops were stolen or misplaced in 6 months time? if my daughter's school told me they had the ability to access the web cam on her computer i would have told them where to put that laptop, especially with all of the teacher/student misconduct that has been in the news lately. bottom line, this school and its administration overstepped their bounds and crossed a line that should not have been crossed. i don't care what they were looking for, they are labeled pervert in my mind. if my kid went to school there, i would be suing just because i don't know if they accessed her laptop or not, but they admit accessing someone's on at least 42 occasions. it raises too many questions for me to be comfortable with the situation.

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