A CCTV camera has been put up in the boys toilets the Stanley High School, Fleetwood road.
Furious parents have criticised the move as an invasion of privacy, whilst others are demanding to know why they were not notified before the cameras were installed.
The cameras, which is located in the year 10/11 male toilets, is situated high up on walls looking down over the urinals.
A spokesperson from Stanley High School said: “We have CCTV cameras to safeguard students and the school site.
“There are currently 48 cameras onsite; 23 external cameras, 22 cameras in corridors, 2 cameras in the canteen.
“Unfortunately, due to a spate of wilful and sustained vandalism to the upper boy’s toilets, costing approximately £3,500 to repair, it has proved necessary to install one camera in these toilets”.
One parent, who asked not to be named, said her 15-year-old son told her about the cameras when he returned home from school yesterday.
“I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “It’s a complete invasion of privacy and for the school to install cameras without even consulting parents or students is an insult.”
“I can understand the need for children to be safe at school but do they really need to be spied on in the toilets?”
A pupil at the school, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “It’s not right to put cameras in toilets if u cant have privacy in your school toilets where can you?”.
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