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Cameras in Schools Becoming the Norm in Davis County

Cameras in Schools Becoming the Norm in Davis County



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Marc Giauque, KSL Newsradio More and more high schools are coming under the watchful eyes of video cameras.

From classrooms to outside, nearly every area of some schools, like Viewmont High School, are now under 24-hour surveillance.

"It's unfortunate when things go down in schools like shootings," Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams said. "When those happen, we always get people saying, 'What can you do to make our schools more secure?' This is one step. We can't make them armed fortresses."

Williams says the cameras also help them to prove bad behavior to parents. "I do remember a case where a student was caught on camera. The parent came in and said, basically, ‘My student wouldn't do that sort of thing.' We showed them the tape and the conversation ended very quickly," he said.

Williams says parents can't always see the videos there. He says privacy policies restrict who can watch it if more than one student is involved.

The Davis district expects to have cameras in 30 percent of schools by Christmas.

(The Associated Press contributed to this article)

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