Principal Arrested For Planting Camera in Girls Locker Room
As a general rule, it’s probably a bad idea to place a hidden camera in a high school girls locker room, especially if you happen to the principal of said high school.
In Texas, Principal Wendee Long was placed under arrest after she used her daughter to plant a camera in the girls locker room. The principal said she planted the camera to catch the girls’ basketball coach yelling at the team after the principal’s daughters complained that he was being “too strict.”
Long turned herself into deputies Monday after a grand jury indicted her on Thursday. Court documents said she used her 17-year-old daughter, Caydan Long, to hide a cell phone camera inside the locker room during an away basketball game earlier this year in Sanger. Investigators said Long’s two daughters played for the team, and she was allegedly upset with the coach for being too stern with the players.
Sources said Long wanted to get video of coach Skip Townsend, 61, yelling at the girls during a half-time meeting at a February game. Nothing inappropriate was recorded, according to investigators.
A grand jury declined to charge Long’s daughter last week.
The footage came to the public’s attention in March when it was mailed anonymously to school board members in Argyle. Until she was defeated this year, Long served on the Argyle school board.
Long’s attorney, Daniel Peugh, said she has not committed a crime.
“She has not violated any law,” Peugh wrote in a statement to News 8. “We do not believe anything has taken place that should involve the justice system.”
Now if the girls had accused the coach of hitting them or molesting them or something like that, then by all means, get a camera in there and catch him in the act and bring him to justice. But that’s not the case here. From what I can tell, the coach was just yelling at the girls which, as anyone involved in athletics will tell you, is what coaches do. For the principal to go to such ridiculous lengths, when she could have easily gone in and asked herself what was going on, was poor judgement and an all-around bad idea.