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
    Anonymous Coward, 22 Feb 2010 @ 11:08am

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

    This is far beyond that. You do not need webcam pictures to check the status of a machine. The most you need is a telnet connection. GPS modules are only useful for locating a computer. And in this case, there is no reason to locate a computer that isn't stolen nor reported as such. And would you really open yourself up for child pornography charges by taking snapshots of children in their homes?

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