Parents Push For Cameras Inside Classrooms For Non-Verbal Students

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BATESVILLE, Ark. – A Batesville parent is pushing for a bill that would make sure students are protected at school, especially when they can’t speak.

House Bill 1019 would provide protection for students and teachers in self contained classrooms where majority of students are non-verbal.

William Harrington found out his special needs son Hayden was assaulted at Sulphur Rock Elementary School two years ago. Harrington said if it wasn’t for cameras inside the classroom, he would have never known about the incident.

Now, he’s making sure his son and others have a voice when they can’t speak for themselves.

“It’s heart wrenching but this bill would give them voices and help out overall,” Harrington said.

As a parent you feel so helpless. How can you help you’re not there to be a protector and that is an awful feeling to know that you cannot protect your kids,” Harringon said.

The classroom aide in the video resigned from the Batesville School District. The bill will be presented to an education committee during the general assembly.

Harrington said his son now goes to a different school district.

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