The Lower Merion School District in the suburban Philadelphia area issued laptops to students, but unknown to those who took one, software enabled school administrators to take pictures of students who were working on the machine. School officials were seeking to discover who had not returned one of the laptops and as part of their search took pictures of a student at home while he was partially undressed and also captured messages he sent to friends. The district captured 400 screen shots of sophomore Blake Robbins. Mr. Robbins instituted a law suit against the district for violating his rights.
The lawyer for Mr. Robbins indicated his research revealed the school district used the tracking software to identify students who failed to pay the required insurance for the laptops. It might be beneficial for the school district to develop a law education course which teaches educators and students basic principles of the Bill of Rights.