The School authorities always said that this was due to "a glitch" and that to back this up, indicated that they would never turn on the camera except for a lost or stolen machine. A number of students didn't necessarily agree with the explanation and regularly covered the webcam with tape or chewing gum.
The Robbins family caught the school out in a big lie.
On November 11th 2009, their 15-year-old son Blake was disciplined by his school's assistant principal Lindy Matsko as he had "engaged in improper behaviour in [his] home." The 'fun' part was that Matsko provided a photograph of the improper behaviour taken by the webcam in Blake's school-provided laptop.
Comments from other students in various press reports suggest that Blake was doing what 15-year-old boys regularly do in the privacy of their bedrooms. But whatever he was doing is totally beside the point.
Let me put this straight. There is NO reason that could possibly justify any person from the school viewing whatever could be seen from the laptop's webcam at the home of the student.