Beware of Educators Bearing Laptops?

Here’s a rather bizzare story from Pennsylvania about an FBI investigation of a high school administration. Apparently, the school loaned laptops to students, and then, when they didn’t get some of them back, turned on the camera installed in the lap top to “see where it was.”

Lots of interesting issues here related to privacy, responsibility (of both authority and citizens), unforeseen consequences, and the public good, but more than anything, it reminded me of Virgil’s Aeneid and gave me an excuse to poke around in it again:

Then Laocoön rushes down eagerly from the heights
of the citadel, to confront them all, a large crowd with him,
and shouts from far off: ‘O unhappy citizens, what madness?
Do you think the enemy’s sailed away? Or do you think
any Greek gift’s free of treachery? Is that Ulysses’s reputation?
Either there are Greeks in hiding, concealed by the wood,
or it’s been built as a machine to use against our walls,
or spy on our homes, or fall on the city from above,
or it hides some other trick: Trojans, don’t trust this horse.
Whatever it is, I’m afraid of Greeks even those bearing gifts.’

Virgil (translated by Kline, A.S.). The Aeneid: Book II.

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