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A realm of pissed off that I don’t visit often

February 18th, 2010 | 2 Comments | Posted in We're from the government..., WTF

A school district in Philadelphia has been spying on it’s students – in their HOMES!

According to the suit, the school district in the hoity-toity suburb of Lower Merion Township issued laptops to its high school students for them to use in class and at home. These laptops came with a catch, though: They were outfit with software that allowed the district to turn on the computers’ webcams whenever they wanted and record what was going on.

Really?!?!  Are you fucking kidding me!!?!  Who in the HELL came up with this fucking harebrained idea??  I have never been an advocate of students needing computers in high school for class, much less school resources being spent on laptops, software, tech support and all the other crap that goes along with them when that money could be used for art, teachers, sports and extra curricular activities.

Sure, have a class with computers in it for the computer programing classes, or animation, whatever.  Or have them in the library for research, but I can’t see the need to provide every student with their own laptop.  Apparently, the reason for students having their own school issued laptop was so they could be spied on.

Incredibly, the school district allegedly saw nothing unusual about this and actually disciplined a child, Blake Robbins, for “improper behavior in his home,” using photo evidence gathered surreptitiously from the webcam as part of its case. It’s unclear so far if the school was also collecting other information like emails and web browsing activity. Either way, the district didn’t disclose to the students or their parents that there would be any monitoring via the webcam.

So, we have unknown persons who are able to turn on the webcams whenever they want.  And since those same persons probably have access to the list of who has what laptop I am going to guess that they were able to look any time they wanted to at say, the cheerleaders in the school, or maybe the jock football players and capture screen images of them in various stages of undress.

Personally, if this was my child that this happened to, I would be in a state of pissed off that I rarely visit and stay in long enough to hurt someone very badly.  Who the HELL do these people think they are that they can just spy on underage kids whenever they want to?  I would like to see each and every person involved in this brought up on criminal charges, fired, and then thrown in jail for a very long time.

Schools are supposed to be a place for our kids to learn, they are NOT replacements for the parents and for this district to decide that they somehow have a right to do this is unfathomable.  It shows that they are completely out of touch with reality and have no place in education or in dealing with kids.

Everyone of these idiots should be thrown in jail.  I want to know the times, dates and computers they activated and who did it.

I will bet dollars to doughnuts that this system was abused in a very big way.

Yet another reason I’m going to do homeschooling.