Two students photographed in their bedrooms by their school-issued laptops have settled with the Lower Merion School District in suburban Philadelphia. The district will pay $610,000, Wired reports. One student gets $175,000, the other gets $10,000 and the rest goes their lawyers.
School officians say the webcams were activated only if a computer was reported lost or stolen. The 6,900-pupil district lends free MacBooks to high school students.
The original suit was based on a claim by (Blake) Robbins, a sophomore at the time, that school officials reprimanded him for “improper behavior” based on photos the computer secretly took of the boy at home last fall. One picture shows him asleep at home last October.
That “behavior” turned out to be pill popping. The family said their son was eating Mike and Ike candy, his lawyer claimed.
The district says its insurance will pay the full cost of the litigation. Prosecutors announced two months ago that no criminal charges will be filed.