February 21, 2008
A school has been forced to remove CCTV cameras they installed in the students’ toilets after furious protests from pupils and parents.
Hundreds of outraged students petitioned against the cameras after they spotted them in the toilets and even refused to use the loos all day so they were not caught on CCTV.
Other children were kept at home by their families rather than expose themselves to the “gross invasion of privacy”.
The cameras were installed at Lipson Community College in Plymouth, Devon, which has 1,400 pupils.
Concerns were first raised when pupils returned from the week-long break on Tuesday and spotted the cameras.
Principal Steve Baker said contractors fitted them on the orders of another staff member, who did not have the measure approved by him or school governors.