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Other than in the restrooms, I wouldn't have any expectation of privacy in a public school, nor should I. Cameras in that setting do not remove something that was there to begin with.
I won't disagree with you there, but depending on the system installed it might help should something similar occur. The more the first responders know the better, and with a surveillance system you can gain valuable information quickly: how many people there are, what they're holding, exactly where in the building they are...things like that could be critical when children's lives are on the line, so while it wouldn't prevent something like that from occuring, it might help resolve a situation more quickly, especially if the police themselves were somehow able to access the surveillance system. I'm not saying it's some shield of comfort that will solve anything, but even in that specific situation it isn't worthless.
I bet if some kid gets snatched from school the parents would be glad there's a surveillance system. I can think of quite a few reasons why a surveillance system in the school is a good thing, and "feeling better" isn't one of them.
Actually, it is their money. They get paid for services rendered, the same as anyone that ever receives a paycheck. Do you have a job? When you get money for that job, is it the company's money? No, it is your money, to do with as you please. It's no different here, and their decision to do something with it is not some malicious scheme to...what, improve the area? Those villains!
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