School surveillance has seemingly begun to replace parents with the state, as yet another aspect of American citizens’ lives go under the microscope.
‘Public schools throughout the Washington, D.C.-area are being outfitted with thousands of surveillance cameras despite little to no input from students and parents.
According to an investigation by News4, more than 30,000 cameras are currently operating throughout multiple school districts, 1,300 of which were installed in just the last few months.
Although public school officials in D.C. claim the cameras are in response to recent school shootings, local police are already monitoring more than 6,100 streams in real-time to look for crime and misbehavior among students.
Paid for in part with federal grant money, new schools are even being designed with surveillance in mind, complete with “central security hubs” to monitor countless school attendees.
“This is something we planned, when we wired our buildings,” Montgomery County Public Schools Security Director Bob Hellmuth said. “We wired them for the maximum number of cameras we could put in.” ‘