12 years ago
Anonymous

My middle-schooler's school put bathrooms in every stall,dont you feel this is wrong?

I recieved a E-mail,phonecall and letter in the mail that in my 12 year old twins' school they put camera's over every stall so they can see what the children are doing. My twins ( boy & girl) are both very uncomfortable with it-and i was also informed that they watch the children go to the bathroom and such. They put ones over the sinks,hand dryers,and toilets. This is an invasion of privacy-don't you think?
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12 years ago
Me
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I think I can understand near the sinks but def. not in the stalls, that is just wrong! Here are a couple of articles about other schools that have done the same: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/506140.stm http://www.trancewave.com/novalounge/blog/2005_12_01_archive.html What part of 'Principal puts surveillance camera in student bathrooms' was a good idea, exactly? Georgia: "A Jasper County mother says her 8th grade son found a video camera taping in the school bathroom this week. But now, he is the one in trouble. Cindy Champion says her son, Mac Bedor, and a few of his friends took the camera out of the ceiling because they felt it violated their privacy. Champion says her son brought the camera home to show her that afternoon. She says when she contacted the Jasper County Comprehensive School, she found out high school principal, Howard Fore, put the camera there. She says Fore told her he put the camera in the boys' bathroom to catch students vandalizing. Champion says her son is now suspended for taking school property." Do we even need to say it?
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12 years ago
WhiteLilac1
I don't really have a big problem with cameras in the main part of the rest room, but if they're over the stalls, themselves, I'd have to make a big, giant, fuss about that one. If you live in the US, to the best of my understanding, that is a violation of a right to privacy (in a situation when a person has a reasonable expectation of privacy). I'd tell my kids not to drink while they're at school, so they wouldn't have to use the rest rooms. The school needs to find a better way, whether that's to get someone to stand outside and see who goes in there for how long, to take names of who gets a pass to go - whatever. In the past, schools have seemed to manage to keep problems to a minimum without cameras over the stalls. The parents need to get together on that one and see if there's an attorney who will handle the matter, if your country has laws against such things.
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12 years ago
ladedamom
Yes this is wrong and it's also illegal what they are doing. It's not just about invasion of privacy but who knows who sees those camera's on the monitor and who is or isn't a pervert getting off on that kind of thing. This is SICK. If I were you I'd find out who to report this too and file a formal complaint with your school district. I think I'd also be pulling my child OUT of that school immediately- even if I had to wait to get in somewhere else or needed to homeschool the rest of the year it is better than having your child's privacy and the like intruded in such a personal way. It borders on child porn is what this is bordering on. If they have someone vandalizing the bathrooms why can't they say one class at a time and the teacher goes in and checks when everyone is out to be sure nothing is damaged or destroyed. That would make more sense than what they are doing.
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12 years ago
sevenofus
You would want to check with a lawyer to be sure, but I do believe that security cameras in bathrooms are permittable as long as they are not focused on the stall area. Since the letter states the cameras are over the stalls then I think that probably means that they are positioned such that the inside of the stall is private. I am pretty sure that watching children use the toilet is against the law, but as a parent you would do well to check out the facts.
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12 years ago
Paisley
YES!! They shouldn't be able to put them in the stalls!! I can kinda see putting them by the sinks and hand dryers, but certainly not in the stalls where they can see the children using the restroom. That is so disturbing! I would definitely go have a talk with whoever made that decision and I would have a talk with all the other parents too and get their support to have the cameras take out of the stalls at least.
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12 years ago
ℓιz.
Eeww!! That's creepy!! I understand the camera's out by the sinks and stuff, but IN THE STALL?? Uck. Get together with other parents, and write letters, emails, make phone calls, everything about that. I'm in middle school, and I just cannot imagine if we had that! They need to get a bathroom monitor person in there. Not cameras. Because....... That is just creepy.
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12 years ago
kirbykay10
OH MY! Okay so maybe having a camera in the bathroom (ONE) just to make sure nothing is going on that is not suppose to be going on. I don't think they can legally have them over the bathroom stalls. I would defiantly go to the school and complain and take some sort of action.
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12 years ago
Bookwarm
Yes that is would on so many levels. The sinks I can understand but the cubicles. Would it be so hard to put sign out sheets in classrooms and have a janitor or teacher check after every period. I would throw a fit untill they either allow your kids to use the staff bathrooms or remove the cameras. I'd like to know who suggested this and who is being paid to watch kids do their business.
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5 years ago
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Interesting. Lol. I like your morning routine. Every night, I always pack everything in my backpack and have a general idea of what I will wear the next day. At 6:40, I usually wake up, thanks to my ridiculous alarm clock. Then I usually lie in bed and half-sleep until 6:50. If I feel awake, I'll get online or just think about random nonsense. I'll do a little bit of morning stretching, then a short exercise routine (30 wall push-ups, 30 leg lifts, 30 crunches). By then, it's around 7:00 to 7:10. I'll go to brush and wash my face. It's about 7:20 to 7:30 by then. I'll put on a little lotion, then get dressed and brush out my hair (if I feel stylish, I'll put my hair in some ponytail or pigtails, otherwise I keep it down). I'll pack away my cellphone, novel, and journal. Get a glance in the mirror, and head down. It's 7:35-7:40, and I'll pour myself a cup of orange juice and start eating breakfast. At 7:55, I'll pop in a Tic-Tac, then head outside to the car. If I'm taking the bus, I head out at 8:00. By 8:10, I'm at school (8:15 if on the bus) and at 8:30, classes start. That's basically it. If I have to get to school early, I TRY to wake up at 6:30. Doesn't always work.
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12 years ago
ladydye_5
personally i would take that up with the school board. it is WRONG. they cannot put cameras in dressing rooms, they dont put cameras in work place bathrooms. i can see a camera over the sink,,,or in the "general area" but NOT over the stalls. id be finding a lawyer and speaking to the school board.
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