Secret cameras catch bullies in action, enrages Dutch Schools
At least three secondary schools in the Netherlands are furious at a TV show after they found out the producers had rigged some of their students with hidden cameras, capturing bullies in action.
The programme creator Skyhigh fitted bullied students with hidden cameras to get their footage on school bullying. Skyhigh and broadcaster RTL Nederland did not say how many schools were tapped for the recordings.
The schools that were involved in the recording lashed out against the programme creator, saying that the show is sensationalist and could disgrace those involved, leaving a dangerous impact on the children. One said it plans to sue the show to stop the footage from being used.
A school in Hoogvliet said that it will not allow the recordings to be seen. Another said that the show must get the permission of the children involved in the recordings first before using the footages.
Hoogvliet’s Einstein Lyceum revealed that when they refused to co-operate, the producers blocked the bicycle lane and set up a giant screen showing footage recorded over a three-week period. School Head Geert Millekamp added that the students were also encouraged to support the victims.
In the Netherlands, there have been cases of suicides among teens related to school bullying. The government said schools must give anti-bullying measures ‘urgent attention’ to ensure students are given a safe environment.