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Charlie A. Roy

We have a problem with items being stolen from our locker room on a periodic basis. The sad part is that all the items stolen were left on the floor not inside of an actual locker. We do our best to recover missing items and usually one thief can do a lot of damage. But it has always seemed odd to me that our student athletes don't use the lock and locker we provide them with and then wonder where theri ipod went.

Ruby Alvarez

re: We also had $90.00 stolen out of a social worker’s purse, but I fault her for leaving it anywhere in sight.


Jan Borelli

I have worked in low socio-economic schools for most of my career. These examples are not new to me; my students and their families have been living through tough times their whole lives.

And, yes, it was her fault. You don't leave anything out in the open when needy people are about. They survive through tactics such as these; why would anyone tempt the temptable? It's easy to have morals and integrity when your belly is full and your clothing is at the very least neat and clean and available. But, when you are hungry ( over half my kids get a backpack full of canned food for the weekends because they are chronically hungry ) and there will be no Christmas this year (or maybe ever) and those "rich" teachers (yes, we are rich to the generationally poor) have enough money to not protect it... then yes, we are responsible for not being feeling enough to share what we have.

Just for today or this week or maybe even this season, give what you can ill afford but do it anyway... you'll be better for it. And try not to judge... if you were in the same panicky situation, you might not do what they have done but someone else can judge... not you.

Not perfect by any means, but feeling a need to share just how desperate poverty can be.


As an Assistant Principal in a large middle school, I too spend a lot of time dealing with "stolen stuff." You are lucky that in the cases you described the item had a name on the label or turned up in the lost and found. In the last four years I haven't been that lucky once! Maybe my kids are better thieves. I have, however had that pleasure of listening to the irrational tirade of a "victims" parent before though. I will say that in my experience, the stealing starts off as a practical joke or something to that effect and turns into something that the student can't get out of anymore.
I am in a district where the kids can afford to buy what they want and the parents can afford to replace things many times over, but the kids still take from one another. I think that the line between wrong and right has been horribly blurred and we are seeing the affects of that firsthand.

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