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High school students on field trip find hidden cameras in their hotel rooms: Reports

Police are investigating the discovery of hidden cameras inside hotel rooms occupied by high school students, NBC News reports.

Students from Madison East High School in Madison, Wisconsin, say they found the cameras in their rooms at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency, where they were staying for a conference.

School officials were made aware of the cameras on December 8 and subsequently sent parents a letter notifying them of the incident.

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“Out of respect for the students and families affected, and in the interest of preserving the integrity of the police investigation, I am unable to share many details with you at this time,” wrote Brendan Kearny, the high school’s interim principal.

“I want you to know that we will continue to do everything we can to protect our students and to see that anyone responsible for harming them is held accountable.”

Hotel employees scoured the property in downtown Minneapolis for any other hidden cameras but did not locate additional devices.

In a statement, hotel management said, “it does not appear that anyone associated with the hotel is involved in the situation.”

Hotel staff turned the hidden cameras over to the Minneapolis Police Department for analysis.

A school employee who accompanied the students has been placed on leave, which a Madison Metropolitan School District official said is only precautionary at this point.

“The only thing else I can add is that whenever there is a case like this — an incident like this — this is our practice,” district public information officer Timothy LeMonds told Isthmus. “For a precautionary measure, we will put any involved staff members on administrative leave. I just want to stress that. At this point, it’s a purely precautionary measure.”

Law enforcement on Thursday executed a search warrant at a residence in a Madison suburb as part of the investigation, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.

No arrests have been made.

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[Feature Photo: Madison East High School/Library of Congress]