May 122010
 
 May 12, 2010  Posted by  Court, Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

John P. Martin reports:

The Penn Valley family whose lawsuit against the Lower Merion School District launched a firestorm over the district’s use of webcams to track student laptops has dropped its plans to seek class-action damages.

In court filings made public Wednesday, the lawyer for Harriton High School sophomore Blake Robbins and his parents didn’t back away from their claim that the district invaded the teen’s privacy by secretly snapping hundreds of photos from his school-issued computer last fall.

But the filing by attorney Mark Haltzman acknowledged for the first time the Robbinses won’t try to broaden their case for damages to include other students whose rights may have been violated by the laptop tracking system.

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