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Parents demand cameras in special education classrooms, school leaders say better communication is needed

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Should cameras be put in in special wants lecture rooms? Some Madison metropolis colleges dad and mom suppose so and they’re ensuring that’s clear at a Madison City School’s board assembly.

The subject was not on the agenda on the assembly, however dad and mom say it’s time to talk up.

“Texas, West Virginia, Georgia have all made it happen,” mentioned one dad or mum.

Parents say the cameras are particularly obligatory for the scholars who’re non-verbal and might’t converse for themselves. That’s why earlier than the assembly, a peaceable protest served as their voice.

Parent Kimberly McFadden says, proper now, there is no transparency.

“There have been several abuse allegations every year that we have been here. Enough is enough. Our kids need a voice,” mentioned McFadden.

Parents say once they’ve approached the school board in the previous – privateness is at all times listed as the priority.

“There are currently cameras in hallways, common areas, and buses and I don’t see staff members complaining about privacy,” mentioned McFadden.

Tiffany Smith is a former district worker. She says she’s reported instances of abuse in the previous and was let go.

“I personally witnessed as a substitute and within the self-contained classrooms, children being locked in those closets banging on the door and crying and screaming to get out. They didn’t hurt anybody. It could be they were running around the room and they wanted them to sit down. It is simply not right,” mentioned Smith.

At the tip of the board assembly, Madison City School Superintendent Dr. Ed Nichols addressed the dad and mom.

“I think if there are any concerns, as most folks would know, miscommunication or lack thereof usually creates a lot of that. I will work to see what we can do to get folks to know each other better and show how hard these folks work,” mentioned Dr. Nichols.

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