Bill Requiring Cameras in Special Needs Classrooms in West Virginia Passes State Senate
CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – In September, a student with special needs was allegedly abused at Holz Elementary School. Since then, the parents have pleaded for it not to happen again. Now they are about to change the law.
Senate Bill 261 seeks to require video cameras in certain special needs classrooms. It went through the education committee on Thursday.
In September, Craig and Beth Bowden’s 9-year-old son, Trenton, was allegedly abused by his specialist teacher.
This bill will allow school staff to frequently review the videos to help prevent abuse instead of just using them to prove something happened. It has also extended the deletion time of videos.
“What happened to my son was tragic and it was bad, and it made us very sad, but I think we’re at the point now to share his story and what happened, it feels good because that we’re doing it to make a difference and we’re not just doing it for him. We are doing this for other students like him and for the future of special education,” said special needs mom Beth Bowden.
Since the bill has passed, it will go straight upstairs to the house.