Last month, we reported on a culster of schools West Lothian who had taken the decision to remove CCTV cameras. In welcoming the move, we noted that it was a clear victory for common sense and questioned how anyone could believe monitoring school toilets with CCTV cameras was anything other than a gross invasion of children's privacy.
Sadly, the schools have now reversed their decision to remove CCTV from toilets and changing rooms. Education bosses in the area have, instead, given the green light for all schools in the area to go ahead and install these cameras if parents and pupils give the go-ahead for them to be installed.
Councillor Andrew Miller, explained: “Head teachers have stressed the value of CCTV in toilet areas to deter vandalism, smoking and other indisciplines they are also popular with the majority of pupils".
BBW has e-mailed Cllr Miller, the individual with responsibility for the toilet CCTV policy, asking him to provide the evidence for his assertion. While we have no doubt head teachers support this techology, we very much doubt that pupils - the people who have to use the toilets in question - do. We'll post his response when we get it...