“When the state issues laptop computers to Maine students, it is with the expectation that the Apple iBooks will be used for academic pursuits and other legitimate purposes. No one wants to believe the sleek, white laptops will be used to root around in confidential school records and obtain students’ computer passwords. Regrettably, that is exactly what some students at Hodgkins Middle School in Augusta [Maine] have done,” The Kennebec Journal reports. “School officials discovered the high-tech hijinks Wednesday. They responded immediately and appropriately by confiscating every student’s and teacher’s laptop — about 400 iBooks — before anyone went home for the day. The computers will be returned after each password has been changed.”
“Students were able to gain access to a teacher’s list of students’ computer passwords. The students, who face possible discipline, then shared their newly acquired knowledge with classmates,” The Kennebec Journal reports. “At most, the student intruders might have been able to see other students’ homework. No one was able to change grades, hack into the school’s computer network or damage the system.”
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