The indictment of former Boyle County Middle School teacher Mark Starr has shown once again that nothing is more important in ensuring safe schools than the vigilance of the students themselves.
The importance of students being aware of their surroundings and reporting their suspicions to school authorities is usually discussed in the context of the dangers of violent incidents such as the shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.
But the indictment of Starr shows that students also can protect their classmates against other types of improper conduct. In that context, the two students who reported Starr's alleged activities should be seen as heroes.
If they had not noticed that a video camera in a school changing room was running and had the ingenuity and courage - remember, this was a teacher whose behavior was in question - to pull a videotape from the machine and take it home, there would have been no investigation.