Imagine that you are walking in a school. You walk down the
hall and playfully trip your friend. Your friend laughs and
says “ I’ll get you back”. You go to gym and
change into your gym clothes. You might not know it, but electronic
eyes are watching your every move. They saw you horse playing
in the hall, when you were in class, and maybe even when you
were changing in the gym locker-room. If you’re like me,
you would feel as if your privacy had been taken away. Schools
should not have security cameras.
First of all, security cameras would give us students an eerie
feeling. It would make us feel like we did something wrong,
or like we’re being punished. We would know that we’re
being watched at all times and every where we go. That’s
not right! In one case, security cameras were put in the gym
locker-room. This would freak some students out if it happened
in their school. Most students would be afraid to change out
in gym if this happened. Therefore, students gym grades would
drop because part of the grade is whether or not they changed
out. We would feel as if we’re being stalked. “It’s
a good thing, but then again, it’s scary” says Tiffany
Carmack, a student at Little Miami High School. “ Nobody
wants to be watched at all times. I think it’s scary”
A student at Mc Nabb Middle School told me. Mc Nabb is considering
getting security cameras. It would also effect students’
grades and class work.Students would worry about the cameras
and not focus on their class work.
An additional fact that you should know, is that security cameras
would cost an arm and a leg. Security cameras were installed
in Little Miami High School. It cost $ 4,000 to install them
in the hall ways and in the cafeteria. Mc Nabb, as well as many
others, doesn’t have the money to spare. We need better
chairs, desks, and computers. We should also buy new protractors,
rulers, and calculators. There are other supplies that we need
to purchase for classes. If you want to make sure that students
will be safe, you could hire security guards. This would be
a whole lot cheaper.
Security cameras are also an invasion of privacy. If cameras
are installed in school, most students would feel as if they
had no right to privacy. Students wouldn’t know if they
were being watched while they use the restroom, or while they
were changing. In Livingston Middle School, cameras were installed
in the gym locker-room. The school board didn’t tell anyone,
therefore know one knew. That is a complete invasion of privacy.
Then, someone put the pictures on the Internet for everyone
to see. That is nasty for a grown person to do that! How do
we know that it will not happen to us? That’s devastating!
Students trust would be completely shattered
“ Security cameras would make students feel safer”
you may say. If you want to know the truth, that’s wrong.
Security cameras would actually scare the students because if
they see one, they would know that they are being watched. It
would be better if cameras were left out of schools so students
would concentrate on their work.
Now imagine walking down a school hall, relived that you can
talk and not feel you are being stalked. Also, your privacy
is not being invaded. You walk into your class and see new tables,
chairs, desks, and two new computers. In your math class, you
notice new protractors, calculators, and rulers. School life
is now worry free because security cameras are not in schools.
Principal, schools should not have security cameras. They would
effect students’ grades, give students and eerie feeling,
and they cost too much. It would be best to leave them out of
A concerned student