And the parent of one of the girls who is just 13, who discovered the camera, has disclosed that at least one camera had footage of a steady stream of teenaged girls using the bathroom.
When contacted by The Royal Gazette, the father, who asked not to be named, was very upset. “More than likely not only my daughter but the privacy of young girls was clearly violated. As a father I don’t send my children to school for this, this is not education. I’m disgusted because this is not part of education.”
He explained that one of the cameras was spotted by one of his daughter’s friends, who took it off the bathroom door and gave it her. She brought it home to her father, who said the only footage on it showed an empty bathroom stall.
“My daughter told me that her friend noticed something strange in the bathroom stall, and discovered it was a hidden camera on taking a closer look.
“But the camera discovered by the teachers showed girls using the bathroom. The one my daughter brought home had a data card in it, I was able to see what was on it by using a USB cable to hook it up to my computer.
“I was contacted by the school principal the very next day, and the police came to my house to get the camera I had for evidence,” he said. “I don’t know if they were put in the bathroom by other students or by an adult.
“But I have a gut feeling it was an adult who may have put them there, I don’t know, I just know that somebody’s doing something very wrong. I would have never even noticed the thing, it’s so small, but thank goodness someone did,” he added.
As a father of two teenaged girls, he said: “These days we have to talk to our children straight up, we cannot afford to sugar coat the fact that they need to keep their eyes open and pay attention.
“I trust my children because of how I deal with them, but you can’t trust anybody out there these days. I can’t control what happened in this situation but this is very, very disturbing to me as a parent.
“My daughter doesn’t want to use the bathroom at school anymore, she still does because she has to, but she goes in now on the look out and not at ease. She is not devastated, but she feels violated,” he said.
In response to queries by this newspaper, a police spokesman confirmed: “A report has been made to the Bermuda Police Service and we have commenced an investigation into this matter.
“Officers from the Vulnerable Persons Unit are actively conducting inquiries, in conjunction with the school’s administration and we are working with the Principal to address any concerns from students and parents,” he said.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Education said: “The Ministry of Education has taken this report very seriously and is quite concerned. The matter is currently under Police investigation and as such, we will be making no further comment at this time.”
The school Principal Francis McMahon was contacted by this newspaper, but had not responded to a request for a comment by press time.