Local parent petitioning school board to put cameras in special needs classrooms

The mother of a victim of bullying is petitioning the Richmond County Board of Education to get cameras in special needs classrooms.
The mother of a victim of bullying is petitioning the Richmond County Board of Education to get cameras in special needs classrooms.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- The mother of an allged victim of bullying is petitioning the Richmond County Board of Education to get cameras in special needs classrooms.

Jessica Wells worked with two other parents and lawmakers to get Georgia House Bill 614 passed earlier this year to get cameras in those classrooms.

She says there are already cameras in schools, from offices to hallways to lunchrooms, but she wants that extra surveillance extended in special needs children’s classrooms to help curb bullying.

“I have spoken a few times with Superintendent Pringle on my stance on HB 614 becoming something Richmond County could provide for its special needs students, their families, and staff to ensure the students are free from being abused and the teachers from being accused,” Wells said.

She says the Georgia Department of Education and Gov. Deal support the bill, and the next step is for districts to contract the state to participate.

 

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