PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A federal lawsuit accuses a suburban Philadelphia school district of spying on students at home through school-issued laptop webcams.
The suit says Lower Merion School District officials can activate the webcams remotely without students’ knowledge. The lawsuit alleges the cameras captured images of Harriton High School students and their families as they undressed and in other compromising situations.
Families learned of the alleged webcam images when an assistant principal spoke to a student about inappropriate behavior at home.
Boing Boing reports that according to details included in the Blake J Robbins v Lower Merion School District filings, ‘The issue came to light when the Robbins’s child was disciplined for “improper behavior in his home” and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence. ‘
Superintendent Christopher W. McGinley did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press. SOURCE: Huffingtonpost.com
No two ways about it, this is way over the line.