Cameras in classrooms bill introduced in legislature

Cameras in classrooms bill introduced in legislature
pic of Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock, AR (Source: KAIT-TV)

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KARK) - An Independence County parent said this week that a bill introduced in the Arkansas General Assembly will help other children like his son.

According to a report from Little Rock television station KARK, House Bill 1019, sponsored by Rep. Jim Sorvillo, R-Little Rock, would require video cameras in certain classrooms upon request.

KARK reported that the bill would protect students and teachers in self-contained classrooms where children are non-verbal.

William Harrington told the station that his special needs son, Hayden, was assaulted two years ago at Sulphur Rock Elementary School. The cameras in the classroom helped to let people know about the situation, Harrington said.

“It was one of the worst days of my life to watch these teachers put my son into a chair, that I had no idea about, then slap him and wish there was a muzzle and leave him in the chair for 15-18 minutes,” Harrington said.

The teacher who was seen in the video resigned, KARK reported.

The legislative session starts Jan. 14 in Little Rock.

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