Ft. Zumwalt beefs up security after teacher allegedly recorded students during camp

Ft. Zumwalt beefs up security after teacher allegedly recorded students during camp

Ft. Zumwalt beefs up security after teacher allegedly recorded students during camp

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on September 17, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 17 at 2:22 PM

O’FALLON, Mo. (KMOV) – The Fort Zumwalt School District has put new security measures in place for its outdoor education program after a former teacher was accused of video recording about 80 boys as they undressed before showering.

Nancy Merkel, who coordinates the fifth-grade camp for Mount Hope Elementary School, outlined the new measures put in place after Matt Hansen, 38, allegedly recorded the students at previous camps at Cuivre River State Park in Troy.

According to the district, the allegations happened while Hansen, a former seventh-grade math teacher at West Middle School, helped look over fifth-grade students from Progress South, Lewis and Clark and Dardenne elementary schools.
Hanses, who has since resigned, had already been charged in June with possession of child pornography when authorities said they found the videos of the students.

He remains in the Lincoln County Jail and has a jury trial set for January 9.

Merkel said five changes in policy have since been put in place since the allegations came to light.

1. Two adults at minimum will supervise students at all times.

2. Teacher’s housing will be off-limits to all students.

3. A folding chair and hook will be in each shower stall so students can undress in private. Students who feel uncomfortable can shower in a bathing suit.

4. Authorities will check every cabin to make sure recording devices are not present. Deputies will also work as private security at the camp each day from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.

5. High school students serving as counselors must sign a conduct saying they will not take pictures of campers or post to social media.

 

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