Detectives from the Special Victims Unit are investigating after Bay Shore School District officials reported finding “an unauthorized recording device” in a high school toilet on Thursday, the Suffolk Police Department confirmed. .
Neither police nor the school district said what type of recording device was found, or whether it was in a bathroom accessible to students.
In a statement to the school community Thursday, Bay Shore Superintendent Steven J. Maloney wrote, “Earlier today, the Bay Shore School District was made aware of an incident involving an unused recording device. authorized found at Bay Shore High School. The device was found in a one-use bathroom and reported to the building administration. The district immediately launched an investigation into the matter and notified the Suffolk County Police Department. The Bay Shore School District takes matters like this very seriously and is cooperating with the Suffolk County Police Department to identify the person responsible. Anyone involved will be dealt with in accordance with district policy and may be subject to criminal prosecution.”
Neither the district nor the police would further detail the term “single-use bathroom” or provide details of where this bathroom is located in the school.
It was also unclear if the bathroom was used by teachers and staff or if it was a bathroom for – or accessible to – students. It was also not immediately clear who had found the device.
Police will not confirm until Friday that there is an active investigation related to the incident.
In his statement to the school community, Maloney wrote, “The safety and security of our students and staff is a top priority. As always, thank you for your continued support of our students and Bay Shore schools.”