I teach a video production elective class, and one of the students in the class asked to use my classroom stereo (a boom box) as a prop. I said yes, but very clearly stated that they must be careful with it because I use it daily and it's the only one I have! During filming, a boy was carrying it and (goofing off) he fell and tripped, sending it flying through the air... crash! The tape player part immediately broke (the eject button came off and so did the little door thing) but I couldn't tell if there was damage to the rest of it. During the rest of the class, he was very off task (he usually is- and I know this as he was a student in my regular class last year.) He didn't follow my directions and was being very silly. Yesterday I went to use my stereo in the morning and realized that the CD player was also broken. I use it daily as I play relaxing music in the morning, and a peppy song during clean up in the afternoon. Anyway, I talked to his teacher who said I should not ask him to pay for it, and should contact the business office for a replacement... then another teacher said I should have him write a note to his parents explaining what happened. I took the second teachers advice since 1) I wanted him to own up to the fact that he was not being responsible 2) I know it is not a big problem for the family to pay for it 3) I wouldn't get a replacement for months from the school, and 4) I used the example that if I wasn't looking when I was driving, even if it was an accident I would have to pay for damages to another person's car if I hit it. I had him write a note, and even talked to his mother. She seemed very good about it, and they even came to examine the stereo so they could make sure to get something similar. HOWEVER, suddenly I am feeling bad about this, like maybe I made the wrong choice.