Theft happens everywhere, making no exception for the small community here at Saint Francis School. Although there is only a small percentage of the general population that does steal, students must not be naïve to the fact theft can occur anywhere, including school, and they must take precautions to prevent it from happening to them.
It is sad when students cannot trust their own classmates because they know that there is a thief among them. Stealing is already bad as it is, but when it is from people who you are supposed to be able to trust, it makes you feel violated. Not knowing who the culprit is makes you look at everyone as a potential suspect. It is also hard for students to believe that their peers would steal from them because Saint Francis is such a small school that everyone is more like a family.
Everything that people have was bought by someone, whether it is by themselves, their parents, a relative, or a friend. When someone steals another’s possessions, they are stealing someone else’s hard work. Someone had to work to get the money to buy the phone, iPod, or textbook that is now stolen. Regardless of what the situation is, stealing is unacceptable. If you want something so bad, work for it, don’t steal it.
Students cannot be ignorant to the fact that theft does go on at school. When students are naïve about it, they only become more prone to being the next victims. Students must take precautions to prevent this from happening.
Students must be conscious of what they carry with them. Instead of carrying $100 in your bag, carry just enough for lunch and the bus and keep it safe in your wallet, in your bag. Although it is best not to bring valuables to school, if you do need them, keep them in your bag and make sure you know where it is at all times. Every time you take your phone or your iPod out, be sure to put it back in the same pocket so you won’t be searching for it, thinking you lost it. If you need to bring your laptop to school, make sure you don’t forget it anywhere, and keep it close to you at all times. Also, don’t leave anything plugged in and unattended because it is a perfect opportunity for someone to pass by and take it.
Not only do students have to be aware of what they bring to school, but they should also be mindful of where they put it. Leaving your bag filled with money, your phone, iPod, and laptop unattended is not the smartest idea. Ask someone you can trust to watch your belongings when you go to the bathroom or heat up your lunch, and although you can’t always depend on someone else when it comes to your personal items, it is still better than leaving it unattended. To prevent stolen textbooks, keep your locker combinations to yourself and don’t keep your locks open. It may be tempting to give someone your combination because you don’t want to walk all the way to your locker, but it still is the safest option. Students should also be conscious of what they leave on their lockers. Leaving sports gear, gym bags, and other books on top of the lockers may be convenient, but it could also result in it getting stolen. Students should instead find a classroom to store their possessions in until the end of the day, if it is approved by the teacher.
Students need to be aware that theft happens everywhere. Keep your belongings close, and be conscious of what you carry. Remember that you are responsible for your belongings. Never leave your items unattended, and at all costs try to keep valuables at home. If something of yours has been stolen or you know someone that is stealing, report it, or this problem will only get worse.