Friday, June 25, 2004
Locker room videotapes were apparently made several years ago at Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School. Students who attend the high school now are shocked to hear the news.
Some parents tell us they received an e-mail informing them about the incident earlier in the day. Also, some current students tell us that even though they weren't at the school five years ago, when police believe the incident happened, they believe their privacy has been invaded nonetheless.
Becca Fleming is going to be a senior at Kapaun. She says news of what happened five years ago is spreading among her classmates.
"I was just like, 'Oh my God,'” says Fleming. “I've been in that locker room, getting undressed. It's very upsetting and very gross, actually.”
School officials heard about it from police on Thursday.
"They received a copy of a videotape that involved some of our female students, in a locker room situation," says Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School president Mike Burrus.
Burrus says months ago, the Catholic Diocese received an anonymous letter informing them of the possibility a tape existed. So, school officials conducted a search of the premises.
"We did a thorough investigation of our building, from a physical standpoint, to make sure there were no recording devices that we would find," says Burrus.
Then police let them know a tape did exist and that they had it in their possession. They said a former employee took it about five years ago.
"This is not an environment that we would expect such an occurrence to take place,” says Burrus. "You always fear for that, but you never expect it to happen."
"I think it's disgusting; it's completely uncalled for," says Fleming. That shouldn't be happening in schools at all.
School officials tell us that police haven't given them many of the specifics of the tape, such as who's in it or exactly where the camera was placed. However, they say they'll do anything they can to assist police in the investigation.