My original post is here, partway down; now they're admitting it but claiming it was a 'anti-theft measure':
• How did the security feature work? Upon a report of a suspected lost, stolen or missing laptop, the feature was activated by the District's security and technology departments. The tracking-security feature was limited to taking a still image of the operator and the operator's screen. This feature has only been used for the limited purpose of locating a lost, stolen or missing laptop. The District has not used the tracking feature or web cam for any other purpose or in any other manner whatsoever.
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.
Which means ...has not used the tracking feature or web cam for any other purpose or in any other manner whatsoever is a flat-out damned lie. Big-ass nasty lawsuit time.
Oh, and if they wanted a 'find the stolen laptop' method, they ever heard of GPS? As opposed to 'take a picture of the (possible)thief'?