Student in Webcam Spying Case Speaks Out

Lora Bentley

Last week I wrote about a lawsuit brought by students who allege that school officials used the Web cameras on school-issued laptops to invade their privacy while they were in their homes. Wednesday, one of those students spoke out.


An Associated Press story published in The Washington Post reports that Blake Robbins, whose family is among those participating in the litigation, isn't buying school officials' claims that they only activated the laptop webcams to locate missing laptops.


The sophomore at Harriton High School in Pennsylvania told reporters that though the assistant principal named in the case denies wrongdoing, she did not deny confronting Robbins at school about "inappropriate behavior" that had occurred the night before at home.


According to the AP:

Robbins says officials mistook candy for pills and thought he was selling drugs.

To reiterate my position from last week, the problem is that school officials monitored students after school hours outside of school grounds, and in doing so, they also effectually spied on the students' immediate families without their consent or knowledge. Privacy may be fading, but it's not gone completely.

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Feb 25, 2010 11:10 AM Bill K Bill K  says:

The long fought war between parents and schools has definitely taken on a new direction.

This is wrong regardless of how you slice it. If the alleged "spy" was not an educator, all we would be talking about is how disturbed this person is/was.

Not only was this person(s) spying on an adolescent in their home, but they wrongly accuse him of a crime.!!

Yet, because the perpetrator is associated with a school, the rules appear to be different.

I am curious to see how this plays out. I hope I am not wrong when I say that the school will get a pass.


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