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School's Webcam Spying Denial Falls Short, Says Student

Blake Robbins speaks to members of the media. The Robbins family alleges in a federal lawsuit that the suburban Philadelphia, Lower Merion School District used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations.

Blake Robbins speaks to members of the media. The Robbins family alleges in a federal lawsuit that the suburban Philadelphia, Lower Merion School District used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations.  (AP Photo/WTXF Fox 29)

PENN VALLEY, Pa. -- The suburban Philadelphia teen who filed a Webcam spying lawsuit against his school district says an administrator's denial of wrongdoing doesn't address his claims.

Harriton High School sophomore Blake Robbins insists an assistant vice principal did take advantage of a security program to monitor his activity at home. The administrator, Lindy Matsko, says she didn't monitor students or authorize others to do so.

But Robbins told reporters Wednesday that Matsko didn't deny confronting him about a picture the Webcam took.

The lawsuit filed last week claims Matsko talked to Robbins about "improper behavior" at home, citing images from the school-issued laptop's camera.

Robbins says officials mistook candy for pills and thought he was selling drugs.

District officials have said they  remotely activated Webcams only to locate missing laptops.