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New System Of Security Cameras Captured The Truth

Caught on tape--Most of the time it's the silent surveillance video that captures what's actually happening--from robberies to break-ins.  But in the hallways of Athens Middle School, it was what didn't happen that made the cameras even more special. 

"It would have been very difficult for us to find out what happened if we didn't have that system," said Dr. Fred Hayes, superintendent of AISD.  It was the video which helped AISD officials discover the alleged assault on 13-year-old Melanie Bowers was no assault at all.

The school was built in 2000, and the cameras were in place then, but Hayes said the district recently updated the system.  That's what allowed officials to switch from camera to camera, angle to angle--inside and out--saving them precious time, and helping them quickly get to the bottom of an incident that wasn't.

"I was trying to see what the story really was," said AISD Police Chief Paul Redic.  By watching the video, frame by frame, he was able to piece together the information which led to the truth.

"If it hadn't been such an efficient system, we would still be manually investigating what occurred," said Hayes.

Layron Livingston, Reporting


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