Police said a student found the camera on Wednesday in a top corner of the rest room at Glen Burnie High School on Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard. He told administrators that he felt “uncomfortable using the restroom as a result.”
An investigation led to the officer, Anne Arundel County police said in a statement. They did not name the officer, but said he is a 14-year veteran of the department who is assigned as a school resource officer.
Police said the officer installed the camera “on his own volition, without knowledge of the police department or the school system.” The police said they found no images or recordings stored on the camera.
“The police department takes this matter seriously,” said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Larry W. Tolliver. He added that the state’s attorney’s office is involved in the investigation to determine whether criminal charges are warranted.
School officials said that since the discovery, principals at other schools have been told to sweep bathrooms, locker rooms and team rooms for cameras, said Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
“We’re looking at all 21 of our schools as a precaution,” Mosier said. Police said no other cameras were found at Glen Burnie High School.
Mosier said Glen Burnie administrators called the police as soon as the camera was discovered. “The investigation is still ongoing and we’re working with police on it,” Mosier said.
In addition, the principal sent a letter home to parents of its more than 1,900 students.
“The camera placed in the bathroom was not part of our school security camera system and was not connected to it in any way,” wrote Principal Vickie Plitt. “Our school’s system has cameras only in public locations, and not in bathrooms or locker rooms.”
Plitt encouraged parents to talk to their children about the issue in case they could provide any information about the case.
“I also urge you not to jump to any conclusions with regard to this case, or to fuel any rumors,” Plitt said.
Police did not say whether the accused officer has explained why he installed the camera.