Merion Elementary School, the site of the April 4, 1991, plane crash that killed Republican U.S. Senator John Heinz. The plane crash also took the lives of six others, including two first grade students playing at recess.
In February 2010, a class action lawsuit was filed against the school district, alleging that Harriton High School had been secretly using remotely activated webcams built into laptops issued to their students to spy on the students in their homes, thereby infringing on their privacy rights. The webcam snapping function was a anti-theft mechanism to locate stolen laptops that student reported theft. Without proper guideline, the functions were activated. The suit was filed by the parents of a student who had been warned by an assistant principal that he had been engaging in "improper behavior" in his bedroom. The schools admitted to snapping over 66,000 webshots and screenshots, including webcam shots of students in their bedrooms. No individuals were found guilty of spying though.