Sweden’s Date Inspection Board demanded that several Swedish schools cease their policies of using surveillance cameras to spy on students. The ruling is based on an investigation that indicated several schools were employing cameras in ways that were blatantly illegal. The schools were told they could not use surveillance cameras while school was in session. There is increasing fear that cameras create disturb the feelings of many people including teachers.
If the theory of surveillance cameras is to improve school safety, one must raise question as to whether the fear of violence in schools is greatly exaggerated. Millions of children daily attend school for over 150 days a year, but only a handful ever are physically hurt. The recent shooting of ten students in Finland is the type of hysteria which quickly frightens people into actions that have nothing to do with safety in schools.