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LOWER MERION, Pa. (CBS) — A month and a half into the school year, Blake Robbins,16, says his life is finally back to normal.

“I feel good,” said Blake casually.

The picture of him as a happy junior at Harriton High School in Bryn Mawr is in stark contrast to a picture of him sleeping at home, a shot taken from his school-issued laptop.

“I couldn’t believe a school district could do that,” said Blake’s mother, Holly Robbins.

Now, about eight months after the pictures sparked a controversy about school rights and privacy that caught the nation’s attention, the Lower Merion School District settled with the family.

The family will get $175,000, their attorney will get $425,000, and Jalil Hassan, another student involved, will get $10,000.

“This enables us all to move forward, with the best interests of the district, the students, and the parents,” said Doug Young, a spokesman for the Lower Merion School District.

The settlement has put the controversy in the past and let the Robbins family focus on the future.

“Now Blake can concentrate on what’s important,” said Blake’s father, Michael Robbins.

The Robbins family said they are working on legislation to make webcam spying a federal offense.

Reported By: Oren Liebermann, CBS 3

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