Webcamgate: Creepier Than You Thought

By Randy LoBasso
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Arlen Specter must be so mad.

A lawyer in Webcamgate now claims there are thousands of pictures taken from student-issued laptops. They include “photographs of students in their homes, Web sites they visited, and excerpts of their online chats,” so says the Inky.

Here are the worst parts:

There are photos of 15-year-old Blake Robbins, the student at the center of the lawsuit, asleep in bed.

Alleged emails from school staff contain conversations regarding the photographed students and their online chats. Carol Cafiero, the administrator running the laptop program, is involved in those emails. When one alleged staffer told Carol the combination photos and chats were like “a little LMSD soap opera,” she responded: “I know, I love it.”

Though Robbins is at the center of the lawsuit and it’s his parents involved in the legal mumbo jumbo, apparently, “thousands of webcam pictures and screen shots have been taken of numerous other students in their homes.”

Cafiero has been placed on paid leave, though may have watched students from her home computer, the hard drive of which has yet to be turned over to authorities.

Without jumping to conclusions, sounds like Ms. Carol is quite the freak (on second thought, let’s jump to conclusions).

Remember that whole Schwenksville bus driver gets into car accidents and kills people story? Yeah, well that incident helped change the Pennsylvania law regarding school employees’ driving records, but did nothing to extend the 5-year background investigations of all public-education employees. Whether or not Cafiero is found to have problems in her past, how about, when all is said and done, we take this little incident as an example to extend background checks?

And by the way, we weren’t being facetious earlier. Lenin’s Pennsylvania protégé yesterday introduced federal legislation to close what he calls a loophole in federal wiretapping laws to prevent unauthorized monitoring (thus continuing his love affair with “the terrorists”).

But he still trails Toomey in the polls.

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1. Fire Her said... on Apr 19, 2010 at 08:30AM

“This garbage has got to stop. Anybody in private industry would be fired, and possibly facing criminal charges. This piece of human garbage paid by the taxpayers willingly invaded the privacy of a citizen without his knowlegde. And now she's laying back, resting at home getting paid full salary. FIRE HER. I hope they take everything she has.”

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