Concern about school safety is at an all-time high, and with good reason. Recent events has shown that schools are among the most vulnerable organizations when it comes to security breaches. One method of enhancing the security and safety of students is by audio and video surveillance. Some may feel that using cameras on buses would be enough to monitor students, but visuals alone only capture partial information.
When a physical altercation occurs, video might identify the guilty person, but it will not aid in a verbal assault. Audio monitoring can serve an important role to deter and resolve verbal conflicts, disagreements, bullying, and general bad behavior. Deterrence (potential bullies are more likely to think twice before launching a verbal assault) and resolution (audio monitoring will capture what a person said and can be used for evidence for disciplinary or criminal action) are the two main benefits in installing audio equipment in school buses.