Alleged misconduct by teacher prompts classroom cameras debate

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In light of the latest alleged inappropriate conduct by a teacher, there’s a push to give students an extra layer of protection.  One way of doing this is by installing cameras in special education classrooms.

Attorney Marianne Lanuti specializes in special education law, and for the past ten years, she says she has been trying to get CCSD the chance to record video in special education classrooms.

“We have been fighting and fighting.  Enough is enough; there’s no excuse not to put cameras in these classrooms,” Lanuti said.  “We have cameras in parking lots, we have cameras in band rooms, we have cameras in other places with property and these children cannot speak for themselves.”

Lanuti says Texas recently passed legislation to install cameras in classrooms.  The cameras run about $150 a piece.
   
Lanuti hopes the cameras will prevent situations like the one that occurred between 25-year-old Jullian Lafave and a student. 

According to a police report released Tuesday, Lafave said she kissed her 17-year-old student several times, before becoming intimate with him inside her classroom.

The arrest report says there were at least 3,000 messages exchanged between the two that were “sexual in nature.”

Incidents similar to Lafave’s has some parents agreeing with the notion of having cameras in the classroom.

“It’s not violating anybody’s privacy, so I think cameras are definitely a good idea,” said Rebecca Bernard, parent.

Other parents say teachers need better training, especially new educators that are young.  While others say, it’s the responsibility of the parent to monitor their child’s texts and social media accounts.

“She has a very open understanding with the kids that they can come to them with any questions or concerns about anything,” said Mona Walker, parent.

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