Student says official mistook candy for drugs on webcam pic

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Posted on February 20, 2010 at 3:03 AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Pennsylvania student who accuses his high school of spying on him with a webcam says the controversy started when an official mistook a piece of candy for a pill.

Blake Robbins claims the school turned on a webcam on his school-issued laptop while the computer was inside his Penn Valley home.

He told KYW-TV yesterday that a school official described him in his room and "said she thought that I was selling drugs."

Robbins said he was holding a Mike and Ike candy.

His mother, Holly Robbins, told WPVI-TV, "It was an invasion of privacy." She says it was like having "a Peeping Tom" in the house. The family is suing.

A law enforcement source says the FBI is looking into whether any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws were violated by Lower Merion School District, which provides laptops to its high school students.

Lower Merion officials acknowledge that they remotely activated webcams but only to find missing laptops.

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<<APPHOTO PX103 (02/18/10)>>

: Harriton High School is shown in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. A family alleges in a federal lawsuit that the suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations.

<<APPHOTO PX102 (02/18/10)>>

: Harriton High School is shown in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. A family alleges in a federal lawsuit that the suburban Philadelphia school district used school-issued laptop webcams to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations.

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