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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    Nick, 22 Feb 2010 @ 11:55am

    Easy Fix

    The moral of this story is that you should just put a piece of masking tape or other opaque object over the webcam on your laptop. If mine were a school laptop, I would just take a piece of scotch tape, cut it to fit, and then mark all over it with a sharpie. For the violent, I am sure a good pair of scissors or a pen would take care of the cam as well. They might have the ability to monitor me, but can they? Not if I don't give them the chance.

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