How far is too far? School officials and parents are set to debate how surveillance cameras are used at Harwood Union High School.
Police say since May, the Duxbury school has been hit twice by vandals and thieves, prompting the district to install security cameras inside and out. But the school board has yet to adopt a policy governing their use.
Wednesday night the public will have a chance to weigh in on an official reading of the drafted policy which states cameras will run 24/7. Recordings will be deleted after 30 days and the footage can only be viewed with the superintendent's permission. Still, the Vermont ACLU says this constant surveillance of kids is a slippery slope.
"Watching students all day in a high school walk through the halls, go to lunch, go outside for phys ed is sending a message that it's OK for us to be watching you even though we have no idea if you've done anything wrong. I don't think that's a good message for a school to be sending young people," said Allen Gilbert with the Vt. ACLU.
Until a policy is passed, Harwood's eight internal cameras are switched off during the school day.