Parents of secondary school students are fuming after bosses had CCTV cameras installed in the toilets over the summer holidays without mums and dads knowing.
Newton Abbot College has since admitted to poor communication with parents, but insists that the move to install surveillance is in the best interest of students.
The school, in Newton Abbot, Devon, said it made the move due to "anti-social behaviour by a small number of students", Devon Live reported.
But some parents are annoyed that had to find out about the decision on Facebook.
The college's former headteacher, Paul Cornish, has assured parents that the cameras aren't in a position where students can be seen in a state of undress or using any lavatory facilities.
A concerned parent said: "This happened over the summer, without parental consent. I found out about it on Spotted Newton Abbot Facebook page. Parents should not have to find out about this on a social media page.
"I fail to see how any school could implement these measures, and consider the way they this was actioned acceptable.
"I am aware campaigners for years have been unable to change existing legislation to install CCTV in care homes to prevent abuse, neglect and rape, yet you can place them in a school toilet to prevent vandalism to the building.
"Many parents have considered this a serious safeguarding issue.”
Paul Cornish, CEO of the multi-academy trust and Principal of Newton Abbot College at the time the CCTV cameras were installed at the college, said: “The facts of the matter are that some CCTV cameras have been positioned in communal hand-washing areas in some of the college's bathroom facilities.
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"This is a response to some relatively infrequent occurrences of anti-social behaviours in the facilities by a very small minority of our students.
"We also had some concerns raised by some parents that their children could be made to feel safer during the college day using these facilities.
"The CCTV already existing in the college has been extended to improve the experience and the safeguarding of our students. It acts as both a deterrent and an identifying mechanism for anti-social behaviours.
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“At no stage, now or in the future, are any working cameras positioned in any area of the college where students can be seen in a state of undress or using any lavatory facilities.
"Our entire CCTV system is password protected and can only be viewed by a limited number of trained staff.
"The main error on the part of the college in this situation has been the poor internal and external communication and lack of wider consultation.
"We are conducting an internal review of the decision-making and implementation process to highlight where this aspect fell down and how to ensure this is vastly improved moving forward."
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