Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anger as School Sets Up CCTV in Its Lavatories

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Anger as School Sets Up CCTV in Its Lavatories

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Byline: Anna Davis Education Correspondent

PARENTS of secondary school pupils are being asked whether they want CCTV cameras in lavatories used by their children.

The headmaster of the Surrey school has already sparked fury by putting the cameras up on a trial basis.

Now parents are being consulted on whether they should stay there permanently to record any bad behaviour. One furious father removed three of his children from the school, while some others reported it to police, claiming a breach of privacy.

A spokeswoman for Ash Manor School in Ash near Aldershot said the cameras were put up to take a still picture of the communal area of lavatories, which parents were shown as part of the consultation.

A spokeswoman said the cameras would be on the wall of the cubicles, but would not show the lavatories and would not be able to be moved.

Jason West said his children, who are aged 11, 13 and 14, came home desperately needing the lavatory as they had been worried about the cameras. …

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