Should cameras be installed in special needs classrooms?
Fri, 28 Sep 2012 21:57:15 GMT —
A group of Horry County school parents want to keep a closer eye on the teachers and assistants looking after their special needs children.
The group is called Parents Wanting Accountability, and one of its leaders, Sarah Pope, knows the struggle of a proving abuse.
Both of her sons were born with autism, and her oldest son, Ben, is diagnosed with a form of the disability that doesn't allow him to communicate verbally.
Her life changed when she discovered Ben was abused by someone she trusted.
"My son cannot prove something that's happened to him when he's alone in a room with somebody, unless there's a video camera," said Pope.
That experience has led her push initiative to get cameras in Horry County Schools special needs classes.
"It protects the staff too. It's not just for protecting the kids," said Pope. "I would want to know that I am also going to be safe when someone makes a report against me and I've got a report out. They can go watch a video tape and see what I did."
Horry County Schools did not return NewsChannel 15's call for a comment.
Putting them in place won't be difficult because the technology is already being used, said Pope.
"We do it on school buses. They go back and play video tapes to see what happen with unruly behavior on a school bus or in the hallways of schools. They can go back and monitor the students in video tapes. Why can't we monitor?"
Monitoring that will fix a problem, said Pope.
"You always have a witness," said Pope. "That's nobody's opinion. It's fact you just watch it. That's what happened."