Today’s Editorial March 17: Stealing from schools wrong

Some people are so mean they’ll steal the saliva out of your mouth.

That’s pretty much how we feel about the thieves that broke into the Savannah Primary School last month and made off with nine computer central processing units, five computer mouses, five keyboards and four flat-screen monitors.

It wasn’t the first time computer equipment was stolen from the school.

And it probably won’t be the last.

It’s a pretty sure bet that this computer equipment is being sold, either here or shipped overseas.

Why else would the thieves continue to take the same type of equipment from the school?

If the equipment is being sold on island, potential buyers should beware.

Those who buy second-hand, stolen computer equipment are just as guilty of stealing from the school as the actual thieves. If there wasn’t a market for the stolen goods, they wouldn’t be stealing them.

All of the serial numbers from the stolen equipment have been turned over to police.

These thieves didn’t just steal a bunch of re-sellable hardware from an impersonal school; they stole from our children.

About the only thing worse than stealing from a school and children is stealing from a church.

Before the theft, there was one computer for each Savannah student. Now they have to share, which isn’t conducive to good time management or learning.

The costs of this theft are high and mounting. The computers will have to be replaced and it’s not certain whether they were insured.

Even if they were insured, someone is footing that insurance bill.

Members of the Savannah Primary Parent Teachers Association have pooled their money to pay for a security guard to keep watch at the school after the regular guard gets off work at 11pm and on weekends.

But that organization can’t keep paying the bill. They don’t have a steady flow of income.

It’s a shame that this country has come to the point where we even have to have security guards at schools.

The head of Savannah’s PTA has dug into his own pockets and is willing to pay a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thieves.

He shouldn’t have to do that, but his main concern is the education of the students.

We would hope that anyone with information on the stolen goods would come forward anyway without the prodding of a reward.

It’s the right thing to do.

If you know about the stolen equipment, let the police or school officials know. Set an example for the children who have been stripped of a very valuable educational tool.

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