I’m sure everyone is familiar with the story of the Kutztown 13, a group of Pennsylvania teenagers charged with felonies for using their school-issued Apple iBooks to circumvent security measures and access forbidden programs (iChat), music, and Web sites. I was reminded of them once again after reading this article in MacWorld. Here’s my belated 2¢ on the issue.
- What the kids did was wrong. HOWEVER…
- Using an obvious password (the school’s address) and printing it on the back of the computers was monumentally stupid.
- Charging them with a felony is excessive. What they did was wrong but most likely not illegal. This should have been handled strictly as a school matter.