The case of a Philadelphia school allegedly spying on students through webcams in their laptop computers continues to wend its way through the legal system, with more recently filed court documents alleging that as many as 56,000 pictures were taken.

While attorneys for the school system insist none of the images were inappropriate, some of the images depicted students sleeping and partially undressed, with the school administrator in question being called in some documents a "voyeur" -- which she denied.

Lawyers for the family of the student who first filed legal cases released a picture of the student sleeping, allegedly taken by his computer's webcam. (However, the judge in the case has forbidden the release of any other photographs.)

District officials said they have activated the theft-tracking software on school-issued laptops 42 times since September, but did not say how many students may have been photographed and monitored, or how often, according to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The school district will reportedly release the results of its own investigation within a few weeks.

Sen. Arlen Specter (D., Pa.) has said that the Judiciary subcommittee on crime and drugs, which he chairs, is going to be researching the situation with an eye toward potential legislation against similar monitoring actions in the future.

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