Sixth grade girls discover camera in locker room
POSTED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 12:04pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — As parents waited in the rain Tuesday to pick up their kids from the Pine School in Stuart, Florida many of them were talking about what was found Monday inside the girls' locker room, a hidden video camera.
"You don't expect that sort of thing at a private school obviously. It's pretty sick you know," said parent Bob Davis.
Officer Mike Pope of the Stuart Police Department said when the 6th grade girls discovered it, they turned it over to a school staff member.
Shortly after, the girls asked the principal if he had gotten the camera. He hadn't, so the principal immediately found the employee the girls had initially alerted, and got the device.
"We do have an employee who is not a faculty member or an administrator who is on administrative leave," said Phyllis Parker, the interim Head of School.
According to the school, that employee was escorted off campus for violating procedures because he didn't make administrators aware of the device after he first got it from the girls.
Thorough searches were conducted on both the Lower Campus in Stuart and on the Upper Campus in Hobe Sound and no other recording devices were found.
Upper School student Karlee Davis said, "Everyone was a little scared and a little shocked."
A detective was on the Lower School campus Tuesday, and is being made available for parents who have questions.
"Be patient with Stuart police as they continue to do legally what they need to do and we will provide appropriate details and updates in a timely manner," added Parker.
No arrests have been made yet and the employee who was escorted off campus has not been identified.
Police have not said what, if anything, was recorded or how long the camera may have been hidden in the locker room.