Virginia schools adopt body cams

Halifax County, VA (WSLS) Body cameras have become common place among law enforcement, but, in a couple of weeks they will be on principals and assistant principals at Virginia’s Halifax County High School and middle school.

"I think it does improve safety within the building; the ability to record what may happen," said Halifax County High School Principal Michael Lewis, who will be wearing a body camera.

The cameras are an extension of the school’s 75 surveillance cameras and Lewis said when students sign the consent form at the beginning of each year to be on surveillance video, that form will now also double as consent to be recorded by the body cameras.

The cameras will be worn all the time, but they will only be recording as necessary. This includes inside classrooms ,where there are currently no surveillance cameras.

"If there was something going on in there that needed to be recorded," Lewis said, "a fight, an altercation, I think it should be recorded."

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