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Principal spied on pupils with hidden camera

TT/The Local/dl · 4 Apr 2011, 07:41

Published: 04 Apr 2011 07:41 GMT+02:00

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Students from Kronoberg School in Växjö were examining a small hole in the ceiling of a student break room when they discovered a small camera behind it, the local Smålandsposten newspaper reported.

The students promptly contacted the school's principal, Niklas Möller.

"At first he blamed the janitor, but then he really started blushing," a student told the newspaper.

Eventually, Möller confessed that he was the one who had installed the hidden camera.

He defended his actions by explaining that he had set up the surveillance device in order to figure out who was uploading pornographic images on the break room's computers.

"If you want to talk about an invasion of privacy, the fact of the matter is that a 12-year-old girl has been forced to see homosexual material," Möller told the newspaper.

He added, however, that he felt his actions were justified saying he was "aware of the risk".

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"It was to protect the majority, so that the kids can have their computers and so that the girls don't have to see graphic pornographic images," said Möller.

When asked why he at first lied to the students about who installed the camera, Möller claimed he was simply "joking with them a little bit".

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:40 April 4, 2011 by bolababu
Möller's story lost all credibility when he first tried to blame it on the Janitor, i won't be surprised if he has some kind of sadistic phaedophilistic motive behind that camera.
10:37 April 4, 2011 by Twiceshy
next time just put a BIG CAMERA up so the kids KNOW they are on cam!
11:16 April 4, 2011 by Keith #5083
The original action may well have been motivated by a desire to protect the majority.However, his 'defence' of his actions seriously undermine his integrity and therefore his authority.

Firstly blaming the janitor and then secondly lying and calling it a joke are not, in my humble opinion, commendable role model actions!

He should not apologise for what was possibly a well-meaning action by installing the camera.He should, however, apologise for his lack of integrity afterwards.

We all make mistakes. It is not making a mistake that is important, it is how we correct the error that most speaks about who we really are.

Sir, a dose of humility is required! An opportunity exists here to really demonstrate something to the youngsters.
16:32 April 4, 2011 by darky
Let him confess !
21:10 April 4, 2011 by Atlas
There was no need to put a spy cam. Just put a big CCTV cam on the wall, put a note on the doors that the premises are under surveillance and everything will be fine. The deterrent factor is achieved without lies.

Case closed....
06:28 April 6, 2011 by Nathan L
Agreeing with Atlas.
14:21 April 8, 2011 by tadchem
Was the 12-year-old tied to a chair with her eyelids taped open? If not how can one support the claim that she was *forced* to view anything?
23:51 April 9, 2011 by Wireless.Phil
Laptops given to children in Pennsylvania last year had web cams and the school could turn them on from the school and spy on the children. This I believe ended-up in the courts.
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