School-issued laptop used to secretly record student at home

Astonishing news from Harriton High School in Rosemont, PA:

  1. School issues all students laptops with the secret ability to capture photos, videos and audio of students and send them back to school administrators
  2. School doesn’t tell students the laptops it gave them for “engaged and active learning and enhanced student achievement” have the ability to secretly take and send photos, videos and audio of them (and their families)
  3. School uses this “feature” to secretly record at least one student, on the grounds it suspected the student of being “engaged in improper behavior in his home”
  4. School punishes the student for “improper behavior,” using a photo secretly captured at the student’s home as evidence

Each of these is shocking. That one school would do all four is beyond comprehension. These people are running a high school?!?!?!

Posted by James on Friday, February 19, 2010