Civilian Surveillance Program In Public Schools

Extraordinary. A PA school district has been caught spying on families using the embedded webcams in the government-distributed laptops each student has.
What students and parents did not know, however, was that the 24/7 access goes both ways. According to the complaint, nowhere in any of the documentation accompanying the laptops or otherwise disseminated to students and parents was any reference made to the ability of the school district to remotely activate the webcam embedded in each laptop at any time, according to the district’s discretion.
How the capability was discovered should be enough to put any who value civil liberties and privacy on the edge of their seat. From the complaint (emphasis mine):
On November 11, 2009, Plaintiffs were for the first time informed of the above-mentioned capability and practice by the School District when Lindy Matsko, an Assistant Principal at Harriton High School, informed minor Plaintiff that the School District was of the belief that minor Plaintiff was engaged in improper behavior in his home, and cited as evidence a photograph from the webcam embedded in minor Plaintiff’s personal laptop issued by the School District.
That is outrageous, of course, and I can just bet that the geniuses who came up with this plan all had "Bush Scares Me" bumper stickers and fancied themselves outraged over the Patriot Act.

However, I'm actually more troubled by this line from the complainant's lawsuit, which accuses the school of:
“indiscriminant use of and ability to remotely activate the webcams incorporated into each laptop issued to students,” all without the knowledge or consent of any of the students or parents involved.
"Indiscriminant?" I see fake words in professional documents from the allegedly well-educated  more and more. It's disturbing.

Curtsy: Sidelines