Bathroom cameras a dilemma for school, parents

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
 | 
Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

ceiling-mounted video cameraVideo surveillance in school bathrooms, while intended to provide security for students, are in fact intruding on their privacy – so says the president of the Pacific Justice Institute.

Late last month, a high school in Colorado activated surveillance cameras inside four student restrooms, raising the ire of students and parents. Officials with Windsor Charter Academy near Greeley say they're taking the step to improve student safety by monitoring those entering and leaving the bathrooms. Roughly three weeks before the cameras were brought online, signs were posted to inform students the area was under video surveillance.

Attorney Brad Dacus of the Pacific Justice Institute, however, says this is yet another example of intrusion into the privacy of individuals.

"If a school had a real history of kids being beaten up or attacked in the bathroom, some kind of video cameras or surveillance might then be right for discussion," he tells OneNewsNow, "but not when we have no past history of this taking place."

The executive director of Windsor Charter Academy Schools confirmed with a Greeley newspaper that students' parents had not been notified about the cameras. Dacus argues that by doing this, the charter school is breaking trust with those parents.

Dacus, Brad (PJI)"Effective public education, including a charter school, must have parental trust," he says. "The fact of the matter is putting cameras in their children's bathroom breaches that trust."

School officials point out that the bathroom stalls extend from floor to ceiling and that the cameras only point at the wash stations, which they consider to be a public space. Still, says The Greeley Tribune, some students feel uncomfortable enough with the cameras that they cover them with tape. One school family has stated they plan to work to have the cameras taken down – even to the point of taking legal action.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Who do you believe when you hear them talk about the Republican tax reform bill?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  'This is happening': GOP revels in all-but-certain tax deal
  On Trump turf, GOP still seeks N.D. Senate candidate
  Major media players start commission for sexual misconduc
  Latest: South Africa ruling party meets to choose leader
Moore tells supporters 'battle is not over' in Senate race
Border arrests surge, erasing much of Trump's early gains
Army of firefighters takes on still-growing California fire

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Trump ally Roger Stone cleared in NY defamation case
One obvious detail revealed this 'Green Beret' was a total fraud
EU agrees clampdown on bitcoin platforms to tackle money laundering
Kansas Democrat Andrea Ramsey drops out of House race over 2005 harassment suit
Ranchers defeat Big Brother in property rights fight

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
Bizarre: Catholic doctrine riles some on Catholic campus

natural marriageAfter being targeted as a "hate group" by LGBT activists, a student group at Georgetown University that believes in traditional marriage will continue to be recognized by the oldest Catholic university in the U.S.