Security cameras capturing students every move
KENS 5 Eyewitness News | August 23 2005
North Side students weren’t alone as they hit the hallways for their first day of school, security cameras watched the students every move.
John Jay High School is the first school in Bexar County to have anything that hi-tech. Security cameras will soon be in every North Side high School.
They are in hallways, the cafeteria, even in the courtyard. Cameras scattered across the John Jay campus focus on the main areas, not the classrooms.
"This kinda feels weird since we're being watched all the time, but it's alright," student Calvin Pressley said.
Everything that's being videotaped is archived so that it can be looked later.
With the click of the mouse, the administration can check out any hallway, the gym, or auditorium on their computer screen watching for any problems that might arise.
"Just for people that are not supposed to be here and kids that are running around the halls that are supposed to be in class and stuff," student Robert Flores said.
"We can't be everywhere at all times, so the camera system helps out a lot on that aspect," NISD officer Henry Mota said.
The faculty is getting used to the cameras.
"They're very unobtrusive, you're not going to be aware of them at all," librarian Pat Strawn said.
In addition, the students say in time they'll get used to Big Brother, too.
"You know it does help out to have another watchful eye on you, it does make you feel a little bit more secure and it does make it easier to come to school everyday," student Mike Jones said.
The cost of this system is $350,000. The NISD plans to have this system in every high school by February.