Parents’ fury as an elite school installs cameras near toilets and dressing rooms

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Parents have erupted in fury after an elite school set up a series of cameras in the same area where children were getting changed.

The two cameras were installed outside the toilet and changing cubicles in the amenities building at Coomera Anglican College, on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

The school said the cameras in the junior secondary campus had not yet been switched on and were originally set up to curb vandalism and behavioural issues, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.

School principal Mark Sly said in a letter to parents on Thursday that they were not aware that students were changing outside of the cubicle area.

Dr Sly said the cameras had now been removed. 

The principal then criticised parents for discussing the issue on a Facebook forum instead of bringing it to the school directly.  

Parents said they shared their concerns online as felt unable to raise the issue directly for fear of reprisal.

‘People worry that complaining might have consequences,’ a mother said. 

Another parent said said they were angry with the school’s response which they believed was simply to blame the students.

‘There are laws around this and policies around privacy which can’t have been looked into,’ they said. 

‘I just think if a school doesn’t want something negative to be raised on Facebook just handle the issue to begin with.’ 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Coomera Anglican College for comment.

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