Stop steal­ing from our stu­dents

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

‘‘For me (steal­ing from a school) it’s the low­est re­ally. They are tak­ing from the kids.

‘‘Tech­nol­ogy equip­ment, for a lot of kids, is some­thing they may not have ac­cess to at home.

‘‘It feels like a vi­o­la­tion. For our kids, I don’t want it to be like there is no jus­tice. I don’t want the thieves to get away with it.’’

Mata­mata Po­lice of­fi­cer in charge Blair Hayde says peo­ple who steal from chil­dren need to ‘‘have a good hard look in the mir­ror’’.

‘‘It re­ally shows how some peo­ple have no code, and in­flict hard­ship on our in­no­cent chil­dren.

‘‘To put your de­sires ahead of the ed­u­ca­tion of chil­dren, how low can you go?’’

The iPads are now in lost mode, as soon as they turn on, a no­ti­fi­ca­tion will come on say­ing it is stolen from Te Kura o Wa­haroa.

Hayde warns that any­one caught with stolen prop­erty will be charged with re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty.

‘‘The item will be taken from you, your house searched for other items and any money you paid is his­tory.’’

Tait said the morn­ing fol­low­ing the break-in, she and the staff were feel­ing very dis­cour­aged.

It was the stu­dents who got

‘‘We went into assem­bly and the kids started singing and we just de­cided to carry on.’’

them through it.

‘‘We went into assem­bly and the kids started singing and we just de­cided to carry on.

‘‘So when you are feel­ing down, you sit with the kids and they pick you up.’’

Tait said she is hope­ful the rest of the equip­ment will be re­cov­ered.

For now, it’s just mov­ing for­ward and not dwelling in anger.

‘‘You have the mind set, that there is dif­fer­ent re­spect for schools, but ob­vi­ously not.

‘‘The com­mu­nity, our whanu and par­ents are re­ally up­set, they want to know who did this.

‘‘We are mind­ful of peo­ple throw­ing around ac­cu­sa­tions. We want peo­ple to come for­ward if they know any­thing.’’

Tait says the stolen equip­ment is cov­ered by in­sur­ance. Un­til all the pa­per­work has been filed, the kids will go with­out their IT equip­ment.

REXINE HAWES

iPads were stolen from the pad­locked charg­ing cab­i­net.

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