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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    Barbara Gail, 10 May 2011 @ 9:35am

    Scandal with computer camera

    As an employee in a large school system, I strongly support the Constitution and the right to privacy. There is one point that is not being addressed in this article. The computers don't belong to the students, they belong to the school system and as owners of the computers, the schools have the option of checking on them when they wish. These computers cost between $1500-$2000 and in our county alone over 8,000 are missing. Some are lost, others have been stolen, some have been tossed by students in the river, sewer system, etc.... And guess what angry public??? You are paying for them! That's right, your taxes pay for these computers to help our wonderful students excel in technology. So while I question what this particular school did, a lawsuit is ridiculous unless we can flip that lawsuit and apply it to those families whose students have misused or lost their own computers.

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