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Vice principal, student talk about webcam suit

Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Assistant Principle webcam case

A Pennsylvania educator named in a webcam spying lawsuit says she is getting threatening emails.

"If I believed anyone was spying on either of my children in our home, I, too, would be outraged," Harriton High School asstistant vice principal Lindy Matsko said Wednesday.

Matsko insists she never monitored students through laptop webcams nor authorized such conduct.

"I find the allegations and implications that I have or ever would engage in such conduct to be offensive, abhorrent, and outrageous," Matsko said.

An emotional Matsko was accompanied by her attorney as she gave her speech. She went to say in her 10 plus years as an assistant vice principal, she never disciplined a student for conduct engaged outside school property that was not related to a school event.

The class action lawsuit alleges the district spied on 10th grader Blake Robbins while in his home and Matsko tried to discipline him for "inappropriate behavior."

Late this afternoon, Robbins read a statement. In it, he called Matsko a good educator and a good person.

"We have no reason to doubt Ms Matsko's statement that she did not personally activate the webcam on my computer, but that has never been the issue. The issue is that we know someone accessed my webcam and provided Ms. Matsko with a screenshot and a webcam picture of me in my bedroom," Blake said.

District officials admit they activated webcams on missing computers without notifying students.

Robbins says school officials mistook candy for pills and thought he was selling drugs.

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AP contributed to this report.

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