WALPOLE, Mass. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- Students at Walpole High School are protesting the proposed addition of security cameras inside the school.
The students tell FOX 25 they understand that they are subject to surveillance almost anywhere they go, including outside of the school where five cameras have been placed along the perimeter and lobby. However, they are opposed to the school's proposed addition of cameras in the school's hallways.
Some of the students oppose the idea so much that they created a group called "Students Opposing Surveillance. They have circulated petitions against added security cameras and have already received 500 signatures from their peers. The group feels the cameras are an invasion of privacy and create an atmosphere of distrust.
Students have taken their concerns to school system officials in hopes of preventing plans for additional cameras.
School officials say the current cameras were installed after the Columbine shootings in 1999. The new cameras come on the heels of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. and reinforce what the superintendent calls his responsibility of creating a safe learning environment.
While the state does not have any regulations in terms of the use of surveillance cameras, schools across Mass. have installed systems over the past few years. The Boston Globe reports that over 60-percent of public schools nationally reported using surveillance cameras in 2010, compared to less than 20-percent a decade earlier.