Although I've been hanging out around ATS for quite some time, I've never really had the courage to post lol. Before I start I just want to say this
is the most eye opening, thought provoking place on the internet and filled with easily the smartest bunch of people around. I'm extremely happy that
I found ATS. Anyway, I was wondering about what your opinions would be on this...
Throughout my entire time being in high school I have never noticed any surveillance cameras or any forms of security besides cops walking around the
hallways. However, just recently my study hall had to be switched because of a change of schedule which landed me into a different room than before. I
was really caught off guard and shocked when I first walked into this room because first of all it has seven very large TVs mounted on the walls and
all these fancy surveillance gizmos throughout the room. I had never heard about or even seen this room ever, partially because its kind of hard to
While the other students and myself all are working, the man who's in charge of the room sits at his desk which has 3 fancy looking computers on it
and never takes his eyes off the screen. Everyday usually four or so out of the seven televisions positioned on the walls show whats going on in other
classes while on the other three we can watch ourselves in the classroom because there are also cameras watching us. Theres even a camera watching the
camera guy. I was so puzzled that I had never heard of this room before and because of that I politely asked if I could check out what he was looking
at on the computers. He said it was alright and when I asked how many cameras there were around my school he said 150. I was shocked. There were
cameras with crystal clear audio and visual in color in every single classroom, inside bathrooms (not stalls), and all around the outsides of the
building (bus stops, entrances, exits, parking lots).
Today however, I left the room much more nervous and shaken up then the previous time because On every single television set I watched seven different
classes taking place. The security officer (I don't know what else to call him) just kept focusing on different TVs and would flip on the audio for
one, zoom in incredibly close to peoples desks and READ WHAT PEOPLE WERE WRITING! On top of that he was even isolating peoples voices and listening to
what people were saying. Myself and the other people in my study hall heard other classmates saying some pretty personal things also that I'm sure
weren't intended to be shared with other people. Everyone else seemed to think this was hilarious but the security officer wasn't laughing, he had a
dead serious look on his face and appeared to be doing some dead serious spying.
I'm just incredibly ticked off because for one thing my school is falling apart badly (ceilings leak, no heating, everything is filthy, walls are
rotting), and yet the school is always asking for donations to help fix things up when it seems to me that MOST of the money has been spent on this
state of the art surveillance system designed to spy on STUDENTS! Nobody seems to question the school, see whats so bad about big brother watching
everything we do, or even care for that matter. It's also rather strange that I remember getting into class conversations about security at school
and when asked the teachers would always deny our school having cameras.
When I told my dad he wasn't pleased either that his taxes were being spent on this garbage or that my school denies having cameras. So my question
to all of you guys is is this legal? Are our rights as students being abused? What are our rights as high school students? Is this something new?
[edit on 2-4-2008 by Stonefree386]