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Three eyes on the bus: Video cameras again to be used on Mason City school buses

by Matt Marquardt –

MASON CITY – Kids will be kids, but they are more likely to get caught these days, especially on a Mason City school bus.

The school district will again be using video cameras on school buses this year,  the district will be confirming that at Monday’s school board meeting.  Here is their announcement from Monday’s meeting agenda:

“The Mason City Community School District Board of Directors has authorized the use of video cameras on school district buses. The video cameras will be used to monitor student behavior to maintain order on the school buses to promote and maintain a safe environment. Students and parents are hereby notified that the content of the videotapes may be used in a student disciplinary proceeding. The content of the videotapes are confidential student records and will be retained with other student records. Videotapes will only be retained if necessary for use in a student disciplinary proceeding or other matter as determined necessary by the administration.”

Sources told me that most buses, but not all, have the cameras, and there are typically three cameras inside each bus: One pointed out the door, one that gets the front half of the bus and another that gets the back half.

The videos can be used as evidence when a kid is naughty on the bus; apparently this is needed these days as some parents believe their kids can do no wrong.

“The cameras do not miss anything, unless they are hiding behind the seat,” a source said.  “And the videos have been presented to parents before, as proof of what their kid did.”

My sources also say that they do not believe the videos prevent kids from getting out of line, even though the buses are marked with stickers inside saying something along the lines of “this bus is video and audio taped.”

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