Students at a Kutztown PA school figured out the admin password on the laptops they had been issued. (It was printed on the back of the computer.) They used the admin access to get around the laptop's lockdown and install P2P software, chat, etc.
They've been charged with a 3rd-degree felony for "Computer Vandalism."
If they'd driven over the laptops with their bikes, that would have only been a misdemeanor.
Sure, they violated the school AUP and deserve some sort of sanction - but a FELONY CHARGE?