10 Feb 2011

UK School has 112 cameras ‘to spy on its own pupils’

A British school was slammed yesterday for having 112 CCTV cameras "spying on pupils". Governors spent £50,000 on the security monitors and pay £12,000 a year to operate them.

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Furious parents and civil rights groups say the 24-hour CCTV is "totally over the top". But bosses at Stoke Park School and Community Technology College in Coventry insisted the cameras were needed to "keep pupils safe".

The school with 1,090 pupils aged 11-18 has 33 cameras on the exterior and 79 in the buildings and outside classes. Parent Dan Austin, 40, said: "It's ridiculous. It's like sending your kids to a high security prison."

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