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More Cameras Being Installed in School Buses

More Cameras Being Installed in School Buses

Posted - Apr. 16, 2004 at 9:18 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reportingIf your child rides the school bus, there's a chance he or she is being videotaped. School districts say it helps prevent kids from causing trouble and identifies the troublemakers.

Cameras on a school bus in Ohio did just that.

The video has been broadcast nationwide. It's the second violent school bus beating to make headlines this year.

Cameras caught the entire brutal attack on tape. A high school student is seen beating a middle school student. The attack happened before school, in a school parking lot, on a bus filled with students.

It has parents wondering: could something like that happen to their child?

School districts in Utah say they're seeing more discipline problems on buses, from kids standing up to fighting and vandalizing school property. The Jordan School District, the state's largest, has buses equipped with cameras. 20 percent of the district's 250 buses have cameras mounted at the front of the vehicle.

The district plans to install high quality, digital cameras on all its buses.

Craig Rasmussen/ Jordan School District Routing Coordinator: "IT picks up sound. It picks up color and everything else, so we have no problems with identification. We're even getting a couple buses with multiple cameras so we can mount them in the back as well as the front."

District bus drivers are trained to handle problems on buses. In fact, they watch a video of a similar beating in their training classes.

All buses have two way radios, so if there is an assault drivers can call dispatchers, who will call police.

As for the victim in the Ohio beating, his mother says he suffered a concussion and fractures near his eyes.

The suspect has been suspended from school and faces criminal charges.

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