Webcamgate: Blame the Student

By Randy LoBasso
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Everyone knows that when you bring home a school computer without paying the insurance fee, you deserve to get your picture taken shirtless, while you sleep, viewed by a woman creepily sitting in her house across town.

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t know that.

And, therefore, that’s Lower Merion information systems coordinator Carol Cafiero’s contention, as filed in court yesterday, says the Inquirer.

At that, it’s assumed by the general public that school districts have the right to snap nearly 56,000 images of its students in their homes, as well as “copies of the programs or files on their screens.” That’s just the price you pay for using a public school-issued computer. Deal with it.

Cafiero, currently on paid leave, had the absolute right to read student-to-student emails and comment about them with her staffers, allegedly spending enough time doing so to observe the emails and pictures combined are like “a little LMSD soap opera,” and playfully responding to that observation: “I know, I love it.”

And, after eating candy alone in your bedroom, the assistant principal of your school should confront you with a webcam shot if he or she thinks your Mike & Ike’s are drugs. Because assistant principals are responsible for keeping an eye on you while you’re in your bedroom.

Pause. Step back into reality. And realize that if Lower Merion School District is found not guilty in the invasion-of-privacy suit against them by the Robbins family, that is the real problem.

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1. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:22PM

“what? your final statement makes absolutely no sense at all.

try again.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Apr 21, 2010 at 01:35PM

“I agree, last sentance makes no sense at all. Also, your title is horribly misleading. It appears that this Carol lady is blaming the students, not LMSD as a whole. Nice journalism.....”

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3. duh said... on Apr 21, 2010 at 03:35PM

“um, anonymous2, carol cafiero IS blaming the student in question. did you not read the article? duh.”

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4. Kanga said... on Apr 21, 2010 at 05:53PM

“The last sentence is pretty clear to me, and I'll give you my interpretation. The school behaved in an egregious manner, setting up a system that covertly snapped webcam images of students in their bedrooms, and using it, not to find out where a missing computer was, but for the family simply not paying an insurance fee. If this behaviour isn't against the law, if for some reason this system the school had in place is found to be legal, then the stage is set for pedophile rings in schools to have free reign. All the school needs is to set up complicated rules that kids can't help but break, and it has legal permission to covertly spy on them and take pictures. This would be *so* wrong.”

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5. Anonymous said... on Apr 22, 2010 at 11:17AM

“stop blaming the kid, the school district people are pervs,if he took the laptop home without permission,then why did they not confront him on day 1, you people dont get it, they are spying on the poorer kids,the it lady has fanastys about doing young boyz”

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