Petition pushes for cameras in schools

Petition pushes for cameras in schools

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by Anne Yeager, KGW Staff

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Posted on June 22, 2010 at 6:45 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 22 at 7:58 AM

PORTLAND -- Fueled by the recent disappearance of seven-year-old Kyron Horman, a Portland woman was pushing hard to put cameras in each and every school in the country.

Kyron's mysterious disappearance has launched a firestorm of debate on whether cameras should be mandatory in every school.

"If a child is abducted, it would tell the time it happened." said Portland resident Emmelie Caterham.  "It would tell the date, and who that person had left with and if they left at all."

Caterham has launched a petition online since Kyron disappeared and so far she's gotten hundreds of signatures. She wants surveillance footage available to every school nationwide.

"Cameras are important because they add an extra level of security, " said Eric Penn, with Cook Security.

But with school budget cuts, can districts afford it?

"I think it should be taken out of our taxes," said Caterham.

Cook Security has installed cameras in Beaverton, Wilsonville, and Silverton High schools.  Penn said in our society, cameras are everywhere.

"You're photographed at the mall and all around.  Why wouldn't you want your kid photographed when he's dropped off at school."

Penn said he feels there's no doubt that if cameras had been rolling when Kyron vanished from Skyline Elementary School on June 4, the mystery of his disappearance would be solved by now.

"I think it would be an extra tool on who was there that day and who wasn't," Penn added.

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