High school students from Madison, Wisconsin had a disturbing experience while on a class trip that has shocked the nation. The students — who were staying at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota — found hidden cameras in their hotel rooms. As a result, one of the staff members that was accompanying the students has been placed on leave, according to NBC News.
The three-day trip occurred earlier this month when the students traveled to Minneapolis, where they had plans to attend a conference. As of this writing, the name of the staff member who was placed on leave has not been revealed to the public.
In a statement, school district officials said that the Madison East High School employee was put on leave as “as a precautionary measure,” as per the school’s policy. The school officials did not say whether or not police believe it was their staff member who placed the devices in the rooms.
Interim principal Brendan Kearny was tight-lipped regarding the investigation, but he emphasized that they will do whatever is necessary to get to the bottom of this situation.
“Out of respect for the students and families affected, and in the interest of preserving the integrity of the police investigation, I am unable to share many details with you at this time. I want you to know that we will continue to do everything we can to protect our students and to see that anyone responsible for harming them is held accountable.”
At this time, the hotel is reportedly not being considered responsible for the placement of the cameras. The hotel was searched, but the only cameras found were located in the high school student’s rooms.
“As confirmed by local authorities at this time, it does not appear that anyone associated with the hotel is involved in the situation,” said Hyatt in a public statement.
Wisconsin high school students find hidden cameras in hotel rooms on class trip.
The school district confirmed that a “school staff member who was accompanying the students was put on administrative leave as a precautionary measure.”@MiguelNBC reports for @NBCNightlyNews. pic.twitter.com/Ge86M7XUQR
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) December 14, 2019
No arrests have been made in connection to the case yet, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Unfortunately, hidden cameras are becoming more and more of an issue in recent years, which raises some pretty alarming concerns about privacy violations.
In 2019, there were multiple reports of hidden cameras in Airbnbs, as The Inquisitr previously reported. Since modern cameras can now be purchased in such tiny models, guests may completely overlook the devices and be totally unaware that they are being watched. Filming guests without their knowledge and consent is strictly against Airbnb’s policy.