According to allegations in a class action suit,

laptops issued to high-school students in the well-heeled Philly suburb have webcams that can be covertly activated by the schools’ administrators, who have used this facility to spy on students and even their families.

If true, this is outrageous.

And the school officials are world-class idiots:

The issue came to light when the Robbins’s child was disciplined for “improper behavior in his home” and the Vice Principal used a photo taken by the webcam as evidence.

via School used student laptop webcams to spy on them at school and home Boing Boing.