Kingswinford parents brand school toilet cameras 'creepy'

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Dad and mom have criticised a secondary faculty after CCTV cameras have been put in in pupils’ bathrooms.

Summerhill College in Kingswinford within the West Midlands claimed cameras have been meant to fight bullying and vandalism.

However dad and mom stated the surveillance was “intrusive” and “creepy” and a few youngsters now refused to make use of the bathroom.

The college stated “no cameras are directed in the direction of delicate areas together with cubicles or urinals”.

Amanda Gennard, 52, of Kingswinford, who was choosing up her 12-year-old daughter, stated: “It is dangerous with out them asking dad and mom first.

“I requested my daughter, she stated she would not use the bathrooms.”

Darren Willmoth, 52, of Kingswinford, who has an 11-year-old son on the faculty, stated: “I believe they should be there however we must always have been consulted first earlier than placing them in.

“I’d suppose slightly in a different way if it was my daughter.”

One father or mother stated on Fb: “My daughter has now stated she is ‘holding it’ and never going to the toilet and she or he’s not the one one who has stated this.”

A 3rd mom stated her youngsters had refused to go to rest room at school.

“They stated ‘can we ring you to take us house to make use of the bathroom?’

“It is absolute insanity… certainly they’ll put a prefect on responsibility within the bathrooms at break occasions, or a trainer?”

One other father or mother stated: “A pal of mine stated her daughter got here house in tears as a result of she was too scared to make use of the toilet all day and she or he almost moist herself in school. It is so intrusive and creepy.”

The college obtained a “requires enchancment” ranking after an Ofsted inspection last November.

Govt head trainer James Bowkett stated for “various years” it had put in CCTV in “varied areas”.

He added this was to “not solely permit us to watch scholar behaviour but additionally to guard the college – guaranteeing the security of everybody in our neighborhood”.

Mr Bowkett stated: “Following some disappointing behaviour from our college students, who weren’t sustaining our excessive requirements of behaviour while in the bathroom areas, we took the choice to increase the community of cameras to those areas.

“I have to stress that this it to permit us to watch who’s coming into and leaving the communal bathroom areas.”

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