The saga of the school webcam spying scandal could be coming to an rather anticlimactic end. According to a report conducted by attorneys hired by Lower Merion School District, the school staff did not spy on students.
Specifically, the school's IT department was found to be lacking in policies to protect student privacy, but the report said that there was no evidence to suggest that students were actively spied upon.
In the case of 15-year-old Blake Robbins, the IT department had enabled the webcam and tracking software because Robbins was using a loaner laptop while his was in for repair. When the IT department discovered that Robbins had outstanding insurance fees, it tried to retrieve the laptop through its tracking software.
The IT department discovered what it believed to be signs of concerning behavior, and alerted the school leaders. While the school principal refrained from pursuing Robbins for off-campus activities, vice principal Lindy Matsko discussed with the young student about what he believed to be drug involvement – later revealed to be candy.
The findings of the report at this stage appear to be a little incongruous with the information that we've read so far. For example, records along with thousands of captured images have shown IT department workers corresponding in emails regarding the spying of student chat activities.
Nevertheless, the report makes a clear claim that the Lower Merion School District has some serious problems with policy, though spying isn't one of those issues. How the legal system will interpret this report done by a law firm chosen by the schools remains to be seen.