School Uses Laptops to Spy on Students at Home
Parents are suing a Pa. school district for allegedly monitoring their kids at home via web cams.
-April Daniels Hussar
Hello, 1984! The Lower Merion School District in Pennsylvania is named as the defender in a class action lawsuit brought against the district by outraged parents who say the district used school-provided laptops to spy on their kids. At home.
The district issued 1,800 laptops to high school students, allegedly allowing schools to spy on them via webcams that could be remotely activated by school officials. The plaintiffs, Michael and Holly Robbins, believe cameras captured kids at home as they undressed. What makes them so sure? According to the filing, one of the school’s vice principals disciplined Robbins’ son for “improper behavior in his home,” using a photo taken from the camera as evidence.
The district so far is not commenting on the case, but kids are, understandable, angry, and are reportedly covering their laptop cameras and microphones with tape.
“This is just bogus,” said sophomore Tom Halpern, 15, as he left Harriton HS yesterday with his taped-up computer. “I just think it’s really despicable that they have the ability to just watch me all the time.”