Philadelphia school had serial spy problems

The Philadelphia school which used a camera on a kid’s laptop to spy on him might, have been telling porkies about how often it looked into children’s lives.

The school got into hot water after it was revealed that it was switching on the webcams of kids who used school laptops to see what they were doing.

It was all discovered when a kid who was eating jelly beans in front of the laptop was accused the next day of wolfing drugs.

The school initially said the incident was a one off, but now has admitted that it secretly captured 56,000 webcam photographs and screen shots from laptops issued to high school students.

Henry Hockheimer, a lawyer for the Lower Merion School District, said students were most likely photographed inside their homes.

The school said that none of the images were inappropriate, but a tracking program took images every 15 minutes to find missing computers. That is even if the laptop had not been reported stolen.

Not surprisingly, the jellybean drug user is suing the district into a coma claiming alleging wiretap and privacy violations. US schools have a nasty habit of believing that they should be Gods to their students.

This is mostly because parents tend to blame schools if something goes wrong with their kids rather than bad parenting. However, it does mean that school administrators start to believe they are more important than they actually are.

Lying about spying on kids, however, is a new low.