Clover School District to consider feasibility of classroom cameras

- The Clover School Board announced at a meeting Monday night that the district would consider the feasibility of installing cameras in special education classrooms.

"As it relates to cameras in special education classrooms, there are significant operational, privacy, and policy-related questions that must be answered before any decision can be made. 

District administration will consider these issues for further recommendation and action by the Board," district spokesman Bryan Dillon said.

The announcement comes just days after a FOX 46 investigative report detailed allegations of the abuse of autistic students at Larne Elementary School. 

Dozens of concerned parents saw FOX 46's report and attended Monday's school board meeting, voicing their concerns about what our investigation uncovered.

"I want them to get real, I want them to give us some answers," one woman told FOX 46.

The public comment portion of the meeting got emotional, as family members of disabled children at Larne Elementary spoke before the school board.

"These kids can't talk," one woman said. "They can barely eat! You don't put them in a locked up room! What if one of these autistic children dies in this woman's care? Will you do something then?"

Kim Garhart emotionally spoke about the behavioral issues her autistic son has had since attending Larne Elementary.

"I drive down this way, every time I drive down this way he says no school," she said. "Putting them in bathrooms in the dark is not teaching. He would sit there and say I'm okay I'm okay. He's terrified of the dark."

Garhart pleaded with the board to consider installing cameras in special Ed classrooms.

"Our children don't have voices, not only would it protect our children, it would protect staff liability," she said.

One man who spoke pushed for the same thing.

"If we can't have cameras in the classroom and we can't have employees that feel free to raise an issue, then I am deeply concerned for my child's well being," he said.

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