River Valley addresses security gap after camera found in girls' locker room
THREE OAKS, Mich. -- This door is now locked, and the superintendent said it is normally locked. But on Friday, someone managed to get in and place a camera inside the locker room.
"I find it disturbing,” said Sierra Arnold.
Arnold used to attend River Valley High School and was caught off guard by the news.
“I really never thought that would have happened,” said Arnold.
On Monday, we got the chance to talk to the district superintendent who said that school officials took action immediately.
"Today, the middle school and high school administrators met with the group of girls. They had a short assembly with grades 6-8 and also had a meeting with the high school girls,” said Superintendent William Kearney of the River Valley School District.
At an assembly students were able to ask questions and receive answers about the hidden camera. They were also told about a new security policy.
Kearney said an alarm will be placed on the door to prevent any future incidents.
"Obviously we need to look at our security procedures and what we are going to do is put alarms on the doors that go outside from the locker rooms and that don't have an alarm system right now,” said Kearney.
The student who planted the camera in the girls’ locker room is currently suspended from school pending a board hearing. School officials said he was identified using cameras in the hallways.
For former graduates of River Valley High School like Sierra Arnold, that punishment is not enough.
"If it was a student, then I honestly feel they should be expelled, and not allowed in a public school if they continue to do that,” said Arnold.