May 042010
 
 May 4, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, Youth & Schools

John P. Martin reports the latest installment in the ongoing dispute over webcam surveillance by the Lower Merion School District:

The lawyer for the former top technology administrator in the Lower Merion School District today attacked a report that broadly blamed his client for the furor over the district’s secret laptop tracking program.

Lawyer Nicholas Centrella, who represents Virginia DiMedio, said he didn’t dispute the facts in the 69-page document, issued at a school board meeting Monday night. But Centrella challenged some of the conclusions, starting with the cover page that described it as an “independent” probe into when and why district tech employees activated Webcams on student-issued laptops.

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His point is well-taken. I did not see that as any kind of “independent” investigation. And like Centrella, I read the report as pretty much trying to deflect most of the blame from the board and district to DiMedio. It will be interesting to see what she has to say when she is eventually deposed or under oath.

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