CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The FOX 8 I TEAM once again has uncovered problems with cameras at a Cleveland school. This time at the Garfield K-8 School on West 140th in Cleveland.
And this comes just months after the I TEAM revealed cameras at another Cleveland school didn’t produce any usable video for police after a hit-and-run involving a child.
In the latest case, Kelly Mansell says her 9-year-old grandson came home with a bloody lip. She believes it happened from a case of bullying, but she says the school told her a camera looking out at the playground was not working.
So Mansell turned to the I TEAM. The school district tells us, it replaced cameras at that school in January, but software for the cameras didn’t work. So new software has been ordered.
Last year, a hit-and-run-driver plowed into a child right outside RG Jones school. But the video is blurry and heavily obscured by bright light. Accident investigators couldn’t use it to solve the case.
At that time, the head of security for Cleveland schools told the I TEAM, the top priority is what happens inside schools. And cost is a factor when cameras need replaced.
Nonetheless, we’re now asking how many cameras are down citywide at Cleveland schools. And does the district have a way to know when a camera is down before an incident happens and someone starts checking for video?
The school district says it will track that down for us.
Meantime, the district does not believe bullying was involved in the case with the 9-year-old. And it’s possible even a working camera may not have captured the incident due to exactly where it happened.
Still, Mansell expects more. She said, “It’s ridiculous. Everybody’s taxes are going to the schools. Yeah, I want the cameras fixed."