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Camera Found In School Bathroom In Gold Coast

By  David Matthews and Kelly Bauer | September 9, 2016 8:26am | Updated on September 12, 2016 9:32am

 Ogden International School's East Campus, 24 W. Walton St.
Ogden International School's East Campus, 24 W. Walton St.
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DOWNTOWN — Police are investigating what appears to be a camera found during the first week of classes in a staff bathroom at Ogden International School.

Staff said a plastic device that resembled a camera was found in a bathroom at the east campus of the school, 24 W. Walton St., Wednesday morning, said Officer Bari Lemmon, a Chicago police spokeswoman. Detectives are investigating.

Principal Michael Beyer told parents via e-mail Wednesday that the device "is not designed to send information, so we are confident that no images were transmitted by the device."

"We do not want this incident to cast a cloud over the wonderful start to our new year," Beyer wrote. "We have been assured that CPD will drive the investigation to closure and we will take every necessary precaution to prevent this from ever happening again."

Beyer said police removed the device and did not find any others during a sweep of the school.

Julia Shell, whose son is in fourth grade at the school, said it seems Ogden officials handled the incident "as best they could." But the news is still troubling.

"We live in a day and age where it's unsettling to hear, regardless," she said. 

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