Catholic school forced to remove ‘scary’ cameras to spy on students in girls’ toilets

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Catholic school must remove ‘scary’ cameras that spy on girls in toilets after protests from parents and students

  • Catholic school forced to remove security camera in girls’ toilet
  • Installed at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in inner west Sydney
  • The captured video shows the security cameras zooming in and moving around the room

A Catholic school has been forced to remove security cameras installed in a girls’ bathroom after protests from students.

A parent said the camera was installed Monday at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood, inland Sydney.

A video made by a student shows how the security camera zooms in and the view moves around the room.

That CCTV camera and a camera in a boys’ bathroom were removed Thursday after Daily Mail Australia contacted Sydney Catholic Schools.

Catholic school must remove a security camera in the girl’s bathroom (photo)

Students said they used the bathrooms as a dressing room so the camera could still film them undressing.

“As you may know, a camera was recently installed to monitor the sinks and entrance to the girls’ bathroom,” said Acting Director Paul McSweeney’s letter to parents.

The intended purpose of the camera was as a deterrent against property damage, including but not limited to smoke detectors.

Mr. McSweeney wrote that the cameras were positioned so that they focused only on the sinks and entrance and did not capture images from the booths.

“We are now aware that this is against SCS (Sydney Catholic Schools) policy and that the cameras have been removed,” he wrote.

Sydney Catholic Schools oversees 150 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

Camera installed at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (photo) in Burwood, Sydney

Camera installed at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College (photo) in Burwood, Sydney

Acting director removed camera after Daily Mail Australia made inquiries Thursday

Acting director removed camera after Daily Mail Australia made inquiries Thursday

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