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Camera used in school protects teacher from false allegation



When teachers discovered CCTV cameras were going to be installed in classrooms at The King’s Academy, there was much disquiet – but they may have saved one teacher’s career. Staff at the Middlesbrough school, which opened in September, thought the cameras in all classrooms and corridors represented a sinister lack of trust from their managers. But Nigel McQuoid, principal, said that the teacher’s career had potentially been saved by the use of the cameras. A teacher had been accused of assault by a pupil whose family insisted on seeing a tape recorded at the time of the alleged incident. The teacher, whom Mr McQuoid supported, agreed to the family seeing the tape. They watched it alongside Mr McQuoid and Hans Ruyssenaars, his deputy. After seeing it was clear that no such assault had taken place, the allegation was immediately withdrawn,