Lower Merion School District employees will not face criminal charges for using webcam-equipped laptops to photograph students in their homes, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Prosecutors said criminal intent couldn’t be proved.
Lawsuits filed by two district students will proceed.
The district’s own investigation concluded that technicians used the software only to find lost or missing laptops. But its report also found that staffers often forgot to turn off the tracking system after they turned it on, letting the webcams snap tens of thousands of photos and send them to the district’s servers in the last two years.
At least 40 students were photographed through their laptops.