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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  1. identicon
    NHComment, 24 Feb 2010 @ 9:55am

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

    It is one thing for an organization to want to know where their property is, but quite another to have the abilty to switch on a laptop camera and record images seen. It is reasonable to have the school have some software on their computer to be able to track where its location is, a type of 'lojack' similar to that on a car, and tell the students about it. I would also have a piece of software on the computer to stop them accessing objectionable web sites. But to have a piece of software that activates a camera remotely into a family home without their knowledge is downright spying by the school on the children AND THE FAMILY, and to spy in a children's bedroom (where most kids do their homework and therefore would be located there) is an absolute no-no -- kids have to feel same somewhere, to to most the bedroom is their domain, their safety zone.

    I hope the people who proposed, approved and installed this system at the school go to jail for a very long time!

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