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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -

Schools in Burlington will be adding body cameras to their staff this coming school year.

The cameras were originally considered after a Burlington principal was accused of assaulting a student.

Cameras that were placed around the school building were able to prove the accused assault wrong.

The idea is that the cameras will be another way to protect both the faculty and the students in the future.

As for other Iowa school districts, Cedar Rapids school board president Mary Meisterling says they probably won't get the cameras unless there is a need for them.

"I would suspect it would happen when there are specific incidents where people feel that they were not represented accurately and they need that protection, but probably until an incident like that occurs throughout different districts they probably won't," Meisterling said.

The Cedar Rapids School District does have cameras throughout their school buildings that Meisterling says have come in handy in the past.

"When we do have student incidents, at least the ones I have been involved in, we've been able to capture the entire event on camera," she said.

So far, Meisterling says she has not heard of any talk of body cameras coming to Cedar Rapids schools.

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