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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    Alan Gerow (profile), 22 Feb 2010 @ 10:44am

    Every time "more" of this story comes out, it looks worse and worse for the school.

    It went from a kid doing something bad and getting caught showing a violation of privacy.

    Then school district admits spied on kids "only" 42 times, and only when the laptop was reported missing or stolen. So the kid likely stole it.

    The kid didn't steal the laptop. The school had no need to turn the camera on.

    The bad thing the kid was doing was eating candy.

    So, the school turned on a webcam to spy on a student who was in legal possession of the laptop, and who was then disciplined for eating candy in his own home.

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