House Bill 283 would require cameras in classrooms of special needs students

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LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – There’s a bill currently moving through the house that proposes putting cameras in classrooms of children with special needs.

House Bill 283 comes after a special needs elementary school student was handcuffed to a chair following an episode.

During the incident, he was accused of trying to headbutt and hit teachers.

If the proposed bill goes through it would provide video evidence of a similar situation.

The bill’s author State Representative Mark Wright of District 77 says a person in his district is filing suit against a local school board because of something that happened to a child that can’t communicate very well.

“This parent actually ended up having to put a mic on their child and I’ve heard the audio and it’s pretty horrible”, Wright said.

He believes being able to record classroom activity of students with disabilities will benefit all parties.

“I’m not a fan of cameras everywhere but I think in this case it’s something that could help protect to the parents, the child, and the teacher.”

Wright says estimates he received hover around the $2 million mark to add surveillance to an average of one classroom on school campuses across the state.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education, a step it must take before being introduced during session.

Wright says funding for the cameras would come from the general budget.
 

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