New webcam suit filed against Lower Merion School District

    The Lower Merion School District is facing lawsuit from another student and his family. Filed this week, the suit claims a Harriton High School student was spied on at home through his District-issued computer.

    A suit filed in 2010 also came from a Harriton student, and resulted in the District admitting the laptop had software that captured screenshots every 15 minutes. That suit and two others were settled.

    The Main Line Times has pieces of the latest complaint, which reads in part: “Plaintiff opted to view the recovered images and was shocked, humiliated and severely emotionally distressed at what he saw.” 

    The family learned of the webcam program when the District’s lawyer sent a letter last June to all students in possession of computers with the security feature, and those students were allowed to view the images the laptops captured.

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