December 16, 2019

Video Cameras in Special Education Classrooms

Many of you probably heard the horrifying story out of Berkeley County from earlier this year in which a non-verbal special needs student was abused by her teachers, and it was discovered only because the mother suspected something not quite right was happening at school so she placed a recording device in her daughter’s hair. As a result of that sad case, our legislature took swift action and there is now a law requiring schools to place video cameras in special education classrooms. The new law is codified in W.V. Code 18-20-11, and went into effect July 1, 2019. While most county boards of education are likely still waiting for the funding to comply and figuring out the ins and outs of the new law, it certainly seems a step in the right direction to protect one of our most vulnerable populations.