Thousands Sign Petition Calling For Cameras In Special Education Classrooms

MONROE, NC – A group of Union County parents are continuing their fight to get surveillance cameras installed in all of the district’s special education classrooms.

With little response from the Board of Education and Union County Commissioners, the parents are circulating a petition, which has gained more than 100,000 signatures.

The petition, called “Cameras In Special Needs Classrooms”, will be presented to school board members on Tuesday night.

Nora Bass started the petition after her daughter, Hailey, came home from school with scratches and bruising on her neck, back, arms and face in April.

“My daughter was able to tell me who but she can’t tell me how because she can’t put sentences together,” said Bass. 

Bass filed a police report with the Monroe Police Department, but she has no video to prove the teacher did it.

A report sent to Bass from the school district claims the teacher at Monroe Middle School restrained Hailey, but did not injure her. 

“I want to know exactly what happened and I would like to see the teachers let go,” said Bass.

Another Union County parent, Amy Oster, was the first parents to step forward. Oster used a secret recorder to listen in on how teachers treated her special needs son at Rock Rest Elementary School. 

“If there is something that takes place in the classroom, there’s not a whole lot that can be done as far as criminally, because there’s a lack of evidence,” said Oster.