By Kaitlin Brandt | Staff Writer
In recent times, some students have been victim to theft around the campus,; suffering the loss of valuable items, like phones, iPods, and other technology. Frustrated students are fed up with the lack of action being taken and lack of discipline thereafter.
“Sophomore year, I had my iPod stolen. I felt horrible after finding out it had been taken. School seems so much harder without it,” senior Jessica Tennyson joked.
Normally, when something is stolen, students have the opportunity to report it and cling to some hope that it might be returned. According to Johnson students, there isn’t actually much to be done to retrieve the item in question. Given the size of the building and its population, it may be hard to determine when and where your item was stolen.
“My wallet was taken from me while I was in the cafeteria. I went searching everywhere, and still couldn’t find it. I went down to the Attendance Office; [they] said was that no wallets have been turned in,” senior John Herrera said.
It can be very discouraging to feel so helpless when something is taken; especially when the object is as valuable and important as a wallet or iPod. Students are used to having both on them at all times, and feel the weight of such an article’s absence.
“When something was stolen from me, I told my teacher about it, and she said that she was not responsible for stolen items in her class,” senior Gianna Decanini said.
Even at the main office, little can be done with regard to stolen items.
“After my iPod was stolen, I went to the main Office and asked if they had any lost-and-found items. They said they didn’t. I then talked to my AP and asked what could be done, and he said he would try and look for it, but that’s it. I kind of got the feeling that they didn’t care,” senior Connor Sparrow said. “I would say that if something is taken from you in a certain class, an AP should come down and try and talk to the students and ask if they saw anything.”
Given the surge in the amount of property being stolen, the administration might have to generate soe new techniques to solve this problem. In the meantime, vigilance is the best preventative measure.
“I always try to keep an eye on even simple things, such as my textbook, homework, and camera, because I’ve noticed so much coming up missing around me” senior Bria Woods said. “I have this paranoia; thinking, ‘maybe my stuff is next.'”