Tarry for the Nonce

December 15, 2005

Principals or Perverted Janitors

Filed under: News — lmwalker @ 1:21 pm

Charles Rogers might be expelled:

An East High freshman faces expulsion for something the district says never should have happened. Monday Charles Rogers discovered a camera in the foyer of the boy’s bathroom. “The camera there period surprised me. It was a little spy camera, I didn’t think anything like that was in the bathroom. I didn’t think it was the schools, I thought it was a perverted janitor,” Charles said.

He took the camera. He says it was in a little hole in the ceiling tile. He also took the receiver which was in the schools auditorium. “It looked like an irregular setup. It wasn’t in a security room,” his mom Melinda Rogers said.

Mrs. Rogers says what her son did was wrong . . . “I think he should be punished. But to be expelled for the rest of the year is kind of tough. As misguided as it was, he thought he was doing good in taking down a hidden camera,” his mom said.

Know what I can’t believe? I can’t believe that this mother is actually vacillating about whether her son was in the right! Misguided? Wrong? Forget that. She should be up in arms.

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6 Comments

  1. Before I say anything, what do you think the boy’s mother should be up in arms about?

    Comment by Howard R — December 15, 2005 @ 2:43 pm

  2. I am placing the concept of “cameras in a bathroom” in the same category as “cameras in a dressing room.” It’s invasive.

    Comment by laura — December 15, 2005 @ 5:06 pm

  3. It’s possible you might have read a truncated version of the story. Full story was that there was vandalism in the boys’ bathroom and the camera was placed so it just filmed people going in and out. The camera didn’t watch people doing their . In fact, it wasn’t even checking to see if people washed their hands or not.

    Comment by Howard — December 15, 2005 @ 5:49 pm

  4. Well, most states have laws that require camera notices to be placed in public and private places. IE. If an employer wants to keep track of you, they have to have signs indicating cameras are in use in some areas. IMHO, its very bad of this principal to have setup a camera without telling the students/parents, etc. I don’t care where the camera was pointed.

    Comment by Andrew P. — December 16, 2005 @ 1:31 am

  5. Just thinking out loud, you might have a different view if it was your child’s education dollars being diverted from the classroom to vandalism repair.

    Would a camera photographing the other side of the bathroom door be O.K.?

    Comment by Howard — December 18, 2005 @ 1:06 pm

  6. Would a camera photographing the other side of the bathroom door be O.K.?

    Well . . . I don’t like the cameras in principle, but I suppose that would be better .

    Comment by laura — December 20, 2005 @ 11:53 pm


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