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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    Red_Chaos1, 22 Feb 2010 @ 11:02am

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

    Check the status of your property? Sure. Seems reasonable. But then you get the slippery slope. The camera is a good idea if the laptop is stolen. But who makes sure that the camera only gets turned on when the laptop is actually stolen? That appears to be part of the issue here. The school says the laptop was reported stolen, the student says it wasn't. Why would he report it stolen if he knows the camera would be used and he actually still had it? Nevermind that it's become clear (if student reports are truthful) that the cameras have been enabled at many times randomly, as evidenced by the cam light coming on. Who was turning the camera on? Why? If the laptop wasn't reported stolen, then unless the student was using the cam, it should never have enabled.

    Quite frankly I think the school was stupid for going this route. they spent the cash to buy a bevy of laptops, they should have gotten laptop lo-jack added to them as well, and went that route for theft recovery. Much safer on the school, and no temptation to spy.

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