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August 9, 2013

EDITORIAL: Brazen and outrageous

Theft of iPads an assault on education community

TERRE HAUTE — It has to be a source of immense frustration for administrators, teachers and students in the Northeast School Corp. of Sullivan County that $200,000 worth of technology, including 400 iPads dedicated for use at two high schools in the upcoming school year, were stolen earlier this week.

Actually, “frustrating” is an understatement. Maddening may certainly be a more accurate description of their situation.

Whatever these folks are feeling today, we share their pain. This brazen theft of public resources is an assault on a community of people who are trying hard to forge an educational system that meets the needs of young people as they prepare themselves for life and all its challenges.

Unfortunately, they now must learn a tough lesson about how the lack of respect for others can sometimes reach criminal proportions.

The iPads and other items were stolen from North Central High School between 8 p.m. Tuesday and 7 a.m. Wednesday. Investigators believe a window at the school, located on U.S. 41 south of Farmersburg, was broken to gain entry. It probably took more than one perpetrator, with at least one person most likely inside the building passing the items out to another person or persons.

At this point, police apparently have no leads. The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police are investigating.

But you may be able to help. If you were passing near the schools Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, you may have seen something that could provide a valuable clue.

If you have information, or even think you have information, contact the Sullivan County sheriff at 812-268-4308.

The stolen iPads were to be used this year by students and staff at North Central and Union High School in Dugger. Classes start on Wednesday. That leaves the school district scrambling to find short- and long-term solutions to the missing iPads, which have taken the place of textbooks at the schools.

It’s a crisis these schools should never have had to encounter.

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