Mother of special needs child says cameras should be in Horry County schools
Tue, 09 Apr 2013 22:36:25 GMT —
An Horry county woman is leading the charge to get cameras in special needs classrooms.
Kim Kuiken's son was diagnosed with autism when he was 20 months old. He is now in sixth grade at Myrtle Beach Middle School.
"If someone hits him, he doesn't know to laugh or cry. He doesn't understand it, if someone were to hit him."
So last year Kuiken started a petition on www.change.org to allow cameras into special needs classrooms.
"It's always the children that can't speak, the adults that can't speak. They're very vulnerable," she said.
She added putting cameras in special needs classrooms would protect not only students but teachers as well and make teachers more accountable for their actions.
"This is the day and age it is, everybody is filming, why not there? That's the most important place. That's our children," Kuiken explained.
But Kuiken said she was told by Horry County school officials there wasn't a need for the cameras.
"When you have two women abusing children who actually are on audio tape saying thank God there's no cameras in this classroom, I see a need," she laughed.
Last week, a teacher and a teacher's aide at Foresbrook Elementary were charged with Unlawful Neglect of a Child. http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=880430 The parents of a five year old child sent him to school with a digital recording device.
According to an arrest warrant, that device recorded audio of the child complaining about being pinched, and one of the women saying something about it "being a good thing there are not cameras in the room yet."
As of Tuesday, Kuiken's petition has 245 supporters.
"It's good for the schools, it's good for the parents. it's good for the students," she said.
We reached out to Horry County school officials but are still waiting for a response.