HIGH SCHOOL INSTALLS VIDEO CAMERAS IN 4 NEW BATHROOMS FOR SECURITY
When you were in high school, do you ever remember seeing a video camera inside the bathroom? Or seeing a sign notifying you that the “area is under surveillance?” Of course, you don’t remember that, because the idea is ludicrous and disturbing. But if you have a child attending he Windsor Charter Academy Early College High School, that is what your child will see and what they will face in their panoptic cage. Parents of kids who are attending are understandably in shock.
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The entrance to at least one women’s room at the school includes a bathroom video camera, with the aforementioned sign declaring the surveillance zone. But four new bathrooms in total now have video camera inside at the school. School administrators claim that the cameras only point towards the sinks, yet many parents are coming out and making it clear they are not ok with video cameras inside bathrooms with their kids.
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The bathroom video cameras themselves are mounted up above on the ceiling in each of the restrooms, and according to the school’s claims, they point only toward the sinks. The stalls are a new design for the school, spanning floor to ceiling in effort to increase privacy for students, Rebecca Teeples, the executive director of Windsor Charter Academy Schools, said in a phone interview. Yet she doesn’t seem to get the irony of increasing privacy even as they add video cameras.
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The cameras, she said, are focused toward the wash stations because that is considered a public space, and cameras strategically were placed in all “public areas” of the school to increase security for students. So far there’s been no comment as to whether there is a specific need in the “public areas” of the bathrooms at the school to warrant the cameras installation.
Bill Bethke, who is an attorney in private practice who represents the Windsor Charter Academy schools, including several others in the state, explained that the school wanted to monitor those entering and leaving the bathroom.
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Parents may wish to consider having the school also add bathroom video cameras to the school’s teachers and administrator’s restrooms as well. Then everyone will be well and truly secure, if not necessarily regular.