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Madison students found hidden cameras in hotel rooms, district confirms

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Madison Metropolitan School District students found hidden cameras in their hotel rooms during a recent field trip to Minneapolis, a district official has confirmed.

A school staff member who accompanied those students has been placed on administrative leave as a precaution, the official said.

East High School Interim Principal Brendan Kearney sent an email to parents Thursday night, confirming East High students were involved and saying, in part:

"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. The entire East staff is working very hard to support the students and families who have been affected by this."

Media outlets in the Twin Cities area report the incident happened a Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Minneapolis.

Mark Bastic, general manager at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, issued the following statement to our Minneapolis affiliate:

"The safety and security of guests and colleagues is a top priority at Hyatt Regency Minneapolis. As soon as we learned about this situation, we contacted local authorities immediately and conducted a thorough property-wide search for unauthorized recording devices; no additional devices have been found. Per local authorities at this time, it does not appear that anyone associated with the hotel was involved. The hotel continues to fully cooperate with Minneapolis Police Department on their investigation, and further questions may be directed to MPD."

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison Metropolitan School District employee is on administrative leave while administrators work with Minneapolis police on an investigation.

An MMSD spokesperson called the move Thursday a "precautionary measure."

The district said the investigation is still active but declined to provide more information.

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