In fact, I would argue that if a school has got to the point of needing cameras in order to ensure student safety, it is already a dysfunctional place.
If the only thing that stops a person behaving badly is the fear of being caught, they are just going to find the best ways not to get caught. It is not an incentive to behave well.
A better aim is to educate students such that being a good person is the goal, and alongside that there has to be a firm and clear message that poor behaviour and bullying are not accepted.
Education and a communal focus on good citizenship is the answer.
Parents, staff, students and the wider community need to be on the same page as far as humanly possible. Where that’s not happening, there needs to be a clear plan to improve things. Not just from the school but from other agencies as well.
Put cameras up and anyone determined to bully will just find the blind spots. They will cyber bully. They will bully on the way home. They will find a way.
Cameras are not the answer.