Mack Bedor went to the bathroom one day at school, and was shocked to find a video camera. He wasn’t sure what to do, so he took out the camera, took it home and showed it to his mother, Cindy Champion. School officials gave him a five-day suspension for “stealing school property.’
The school is a building shared by Jasper County Middle School and Jasper County High School, and the high school principal admitted to putting the camera in the bathroom.
“There was tiles up there and it was cut out in a little circle,” Mack said. “It felt like it was the right thing to do because we were being violated in the bathroom, and I just knew I could trust my mom and she would do something about it.”
“That was the interesting part to me that surprised me — Ms. Massengil, the middle school principal, nor the teachers were aware. No one seemed to be aware besides the principal at the high school,’ Champion said. “I had told the high school principal, Mr. Fore, that he needed to come up with another solution — that this wasn’t appropriate. His response to me was he was going to continue to film.”‘ — WXIA
And the district attorney is saying that it’s perfectly legal to put a camera in the school bathroom because schools have more leeway on privacy issues, according to the news report.
It’s official: the sanctity of the bathroom as a private place has been breached, and nothing is going to happen to the person who breached it. This is making me sick.