Cameras planned for 14 more Chicago high schools

July 25, 2011

The Associated Press

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Security cameras to be installed in high schools identified as having higher numbers of arrests and misconduct cases.

Security cameras linked directly to police stations may be coming to 14 troubled Chicago high schools in a bid to create a safer atmosphere.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard has proposed the $7 million strategy, following a pilot program at Fenger High School.

Officials say misconduct, arrests and crimes have dropped at the high school since installation of the high-tech camera system. The system also is installed at Solorio and South Shore high schools.

Under the plan, cameras would be expanded to high schools identified as having higher numbers of arrests and misconduct cases.

Schools selected to receive cameras are: Clemente, Hyde Park, Sullivan, Morgan Park, Orr, Marshall, Dunbar, Tilden, Bogan, Wells, Senn, Juarez, Julian and Farragut.

Brizard says creating safe schools is vital for teaching and learning.