Parents of pupils at a secondary school in County Durham have been left furious after CCTV cameras were installed in the toilets.
Andy Black, the father of a 14-year-old girl who attends Framwellgate School in Durham, has spoken out against the move and is calling for the cameras to be removed.
He says his daughter has been left "mortified" and fears she will avoid going to the toilet at school if the cameras are not removed, reports The Mirror.
In response, the head teacher of the school, Andy Byers, said the CCTV cameras were installed as a means to prevent vandalism and bullying, and do not breach any pupil's privacy as the cameras are placed outside the toilet cubicles.
However, Mr Black voiced his concerns to The Northern Echo, where he expressed doubts about the security of the system and who is monitoring the footage.
He said: "It’s a violation of privacy for the children. We were not consulted.
"My daughter is 14 and she is mortified at the thought that the school is monitoring her behaviour in the bathrooms.
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"She said she just won’t go to the toilets at school at all and wait until she returns home."
The angry father said he has written to the school, saying it has no permission to film his daughter.
The school's headteacher, however, insisted: "The toilets are pretty much the only unsupervised area of the school where staff very rarely go and we have a duty of care to safeguard young people and keep them safe and that includes stopping bullying and damage and vandalism."
Mr Byers said cameras do not point at the toilets, but at the wash basins.
He added that in the boys' toilet, the urinals have been removed and replaced with cubicles to give students "extra privacy".
Mr Byers said the CCTV footage would not be routinely monitored and would not be stored unless there is a problem – and in that case, the school would inform parents.
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