Published February 18, 2010
A suburban Philadelphia school district is accused of secretly spying on a student and his parents at their home using a school-issued computer, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.
A law suit filed by a Lower Merion teen and his parents alleges Harriton High School Assistant Principal Lindy Matsko showed the student a picture taken remotely by school software on a Web camera on his laptop.
The assistant principal allegedly told the unnamed student the image showed he was doing something wrong inside his house, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.
When the boy's father confronted Matsko, the suit claims Matsko acknowledged the school could turn on the Web cam and take pictures whenever it wanted to.
The family says the district is violating federal wiretapping laws and as many as 1,800 students could be affected, because every high school student has a district-issued laptop with a Web cam, MyFoxPhilly.com reported.
The computers were reportedly paid for with federal and state money.