I am a sophomore at Beyer High, and in the last two months of my freshman year, I had a backpack, a cell phone, several school books and personal items stolen. On the last day of school, my yearbook was taken, complete with signatures.
I understand that fighting theft in high school is a bit like putting out a forest fire with a squirt gun, but the administration seems to have more important things to do than deal with blatant larceny.
After my backpack was stolen and the contents strewn all over the halls, another Beyer student picked up my cell phone. She called my house and returned my phone. I thanked heaven — not all the student population had been corrupted.
By talking to this girl, I managed to get the names of several people who had last been seen with my bag. I turned these in to the school office, which assured me the students in question would be questioned.
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A month later, absolutely nothing had been done. When asked why, one of those in charge of discipline said, "It must have fallen through the cracks" and there was "nothing he could do."
Unsatisfied with his answer, I contacted the principal. While he agreed that there was little he could do at this point, he was also frustrated that nothing had been done before. He also sympathized with me and my lost yearbook. The thief has no use for the signatures and notes written to me. The sentimental value far outweighs the somewhat steep cost of the book itself.
The principal, in an extreme act of generosity, handed me his own yearbook. While it cannot replace the memories and signatures in mine, at least one man's selfless action showed that the administration has not completely lost sight of its true goals.
Theft in schools is getting worse by the day, but at least with people like the principal and the girl with my cell phone retaining their honesty, we can hope to fight back.