Students react to hidden camera in locker room

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Fear and disgust — that’s what some students at Crystal Lake Central High School are saying Friday after they learned a fellow student allegedly placed a hidden camera in a boys locker room.

Fear that they may have been victimized, and disgust someone would actually do something like that.

Earlier Friday, Luke Gildea, 17, walked out of the McHenry County jail Friday morning in a hooded sweatshirt with his head down.  He didn’t stop to talk to reporters.

The Crystal Lake teen is charged with 2 counts of unauthorized video recording.

Gildea was arrested after authorities discovered a pinhole camera hidden in a boys locker room.  Prosecutors say he used the camera to capture images of fellow students undressing.

“We’ve ensured that this was an isolated incident, our staff and police have worked to bring a closure to the situation,” said District 155 Supt. Johnnie Thomas.

Thomas sent a letter to parents and says his teaching staff has done a great job being transparent with students about what happened.

He also told WGN that school officials have searched other buildings as well and that they “all came up clear.”

The camera was not capable of transmitting the images it captured, so officials say nothing was ever posted online.  Still, students say there concern throughout the school.

“Of course people were worried that if they were on the video, I’m not in on sports team, so I wasn’t worried. I had friends who were worried about it,” said student Dominic Tripoli.

“It’s the whole fact that he’s putting a camera where people are changing,” said student Karlie Zingrone. “I think people are more disgusted than angry”

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