School Spying On Student Via Web Cam Won’t Face Charges

August 19, 2010

Pennsylvania (ChattahBox) – The Pennsylvania school district that were found to have use webcams in laptops in an effort to monitor students to make sure they were not stolen will not face criminal charges.

The Lower Merion School District has been facing criticism for the use of webcams without student or parent knowledge, which took a photo every fifteen minutes of several students who had been given laptops from their High Schools.

This whole case has been odd. For example, 15-year-old Blake Robbins was suspended for ‘Improper Conduct’, based on images that were taken by school administrators. What makes this charge so funny is that it makes no sense. How would they have known it was pills he was taking? How would they know that, were he taking pills, he was not supposed to be?

If they captured multiple images of a 15-year-old boy taking a handful of pills every 15 minutes, wouldn’t there be some question of his ability to live through it? Or to be capable of sitting at a computer and continuing to surf the web with no apparent signs of the pills taking affects?

The story of him eating sweets seems to be a much more logical explanation, which makes the hysterical freak out by the school all the more hilarious.

But what wasn’t hilarious was the fact that they were monitoring students with their knowledge, which is creepy as hell. I find it amazing that there in no cause for criminal charges, as The Register is reporting. I mean, 58,000 images were taken, and they were monitored quite a lot.

“For the government to prosecute a criminal case, it must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person charged acted with criminal intent. We have not found evidence that would establish beyond a reasonable doubt that anyone involved had criminal intent,” US attorney Zane David Memeger said.

That doesn’t mean it is over, though. There were 2,300 laptops issued, and 58,000 pictures taken, most of underage students. I am anticipating a whole flood of civil suits, not to mention a number of students being kept from Big Brother High.


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