HOUSTON A fight caught on camera inside the halls of Booker T. Washington High School has parents wanting answers.
They can t believe someone could just walk in off the streets and attack a student inside the building.
But the KHOU 11 News I-Team has uncovered how easily that may go undetected.
For weeks, we ve been telling you about problems with HISD s security cameras.
We exposed how the district is leaving the cameras broken for weeks, months and even a year.
But it also turns out, even if the cameras are working, in most cases, no one is watching them.
HISD admits the multi-million dollar system of more than 12,000 cameras on 279 campuses is often unmonitored.
There's no way, as a practical matter, to have someone sitting at a monitor keeping tabs on 12,000 cameras, HISD Spokesman Jason Spencer told the I-Team. It wouldn't be a good use of resources.
Instead, the district says security recordings are generally used after-the-fact and reviewed only after an incident has happened.
But Pat Murphy, a security consultant and expert with more than 35 years of experience, says that s a mistake.
Murphy believes HISD is missing the point.
He says by actively watching the video feeds from cameras, schools could potentially spot trouble before an attacker gets inside a building and gets access to students and staff.
Those seconds may be critical to the entire student body in being able to get into a lockdown position for an active shooter, or it may be as simple as being able to notify someone who is close to a particular door and say someone just came in a particular door, please go check this person and ask them to leave the building, said Murphy.
A school district spokesperson says the fight at Booker T. Washington High remains under investigation, and no arrests have been made.
HISD said the school s cameras were working at the time.