Someone had the bright idea that it would be okay to put CCTV in the children’s restrooms at Ruskin Sports College in Crewe.
Last week, the Chronicletold how the Crewe school has fitted the cameras by the sinks and at the entrances to the male and female bathrooms as a preventative measure against vandalism.
Parents have reacted angrily to the fact they were not told before the cameras were installed, but the school says they will not be switched on until parents have been consulted.
Concerns were also raised that despite these assurances, the cameras may have already been turned on before the story broke.
Headteacher Ella Brett has insisted they had only been turned on intermittently to check the system worked, and had never been used to monitor students.
Naturally, there has been a backlash to not being notified that the school was planning on doing this, but some think it’s okay and not an invasion of privacy. The school, however, is adamant that they haven’t been used yet.
“As previously stated, there is no intention to activate the cameras until parents and students have had the opportunity to give their views on the system. In addition, parents will be given the option of coming in to see the positioning of the cameras. Some parents have already done this and they have felt that it has clarified the situation for them.
Since the school has already placed the CCTV in the school and spent the money on purchasing and installing the cameras, they have essentially said that they intend on using them despite the fact that using the bathroom is a very private affair and cameras should never be allowed inside them.
“We have received a great deal of support from students and parents over this matter but, before we take things forward, we will be seeking their views and we will be working in conjunction with the local authority.”
How can Ms. Brett claim that she has received a great deal of support when, clearly, there is a major backlash in from students and parents? Does she really live in such a bubble that she hasn’t a clue about the outrage this has caused?
This is nothing more than an overzealous headteacher attempting to use technology she doesn’t understand to solve the perceived problems in her school. If there is such a problem with vandalism in her school’s restrooms, there are many other ways to solve it without violating the inherent privacy of young children.
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