In class, we were discussing Thesis Statements and persuasive essays. I chose to write about surveillance cameras in school.
In the United States of America, there has been 217 school shootings since 2013 (“The Long, Shameful List of School Shootings in America”). In the past four years, over two hundred schools in our country have been attacked by gunmen with the intention to frighten and kill. The question is, should schools allow surveillance cameras for safety or is it an invasion of privacy? I believe that Americans should allow cameras on school properties because it will give school administrators access to knowing about school shootings, vandalism, and drug usage.
To begin with, many students, usually at the high-school age, have been associated with drugs and alcohol on school properties. Whether it be after school hours or outdoors, many people have died from an overdose on drugs. In the country, an average of 570,000 people die from drug usage each year, and many of them are teenagers (“How Many People Die Each Year from Drug Use?” ). If cameras were added to the school property, the school administrators would be able to detect who is dealing the drugs and where it is occurring. This will keep the students safe and stop the drug dealing on school property.
Pursuing this further, cameras on school property will be able to protect students from many other harmful things. Administrators will be able to watch who comes in and out of the school doors. If they notice something suspicious, they will be able to control it, rather than not knowing about it in the first place. As I stated earlier, there has been over 200 school shootings since 2013. Many of these shootings most likely happened because the security wasn’t as great as it could’ve been. In the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, there was no possible way of seeing the gunman walk through the front doors, even though the school claims they had security cameras. If the school had working security cameras, school administrators would have known someone was walking into their school. I personally believe that with security cameras, the people in the school will be able to detect school shooters or people that seem suspicious.
Yet another reason why cameras should be added to schools is that the surveillance cameras will be able to catch vandalism and theft in the building. Unfortunately, students vandalize many things on school property, and with cameras, school authorities will be able to see who did the crime and punish the student. This will make the students nervous which will cause them not to steal or vandalise school property because they will think that they’ll be caught. With cameras, the school can watch where the crime happened and who did it. An example is in San Francisco, California: a man was caught by school security cameras of vandalizing the school’s property (School Security Camera Appears to Catch Thief.)
Many people believe that privacy beats security. In their beliefs, surveillance cameras are used to spy on people. I understand where they’re coming from, but my opinion is still strong. I believe that in order to be safe, surveillance cameras should be put up so they can watch who is coming into the building and what is happening around the property.
For all of my reasonings, I strongly believe that all schools should provide safety by hanging up surveillance cameras. It lets authorities know what is happening around the school and they will be able to know who is walking in the building. This can prevent school shootings, vandalism, and theft, and I believe that will save many lives.
“Cameras in the Classroom: Is Big Brother Evaluating You?” NEA Today. NEA, 20 Apr. 2015.
Web. 06 Apr. 2017.
Molly Walsh, The Burlington (Vt.) Free Press. “Will Cameras Make Schools Safer?” USA
Today. Gannett Satellite Information Network, 11 May 2013. Web. 06 Apr. 2017.
“Schools Should Have Surveillance Cameras.” IFSEC Global. UBM, 20 Apr. 2016. Web. 06
“The Long, Shameful List of School Shootings in America.” EverytownResearch.org.
Every Town For Gun Safety Support Fund, 28 Mar. 2017. Web. 05 Apr. 2017. “How Many People Die Each Year from Drug Use?” NIDA for Teens. National Institute on Drug Abuse, 26 Mar. 2017. Web. 05 Apr. 2017.