Problems with vandalism - not fessing up

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  1. laurah

    laurah New Member

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    We are a small Christian school and have had problems like students damaging school property and stealing computer equipment. We tried to handle this problem by suspending classes until a student fesses up, and talking to parents so we can solve it once and for all. Which didn't solve anything.
    But now that it's happened again, we need a different approach and would REALLY appreciate any ideas Except calling law enforcement, (this is the last step we want to take).
    So any creative ideas would be very welcome..
     
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    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    Can you lock up the equipment so that it can only be accessed by students when there is adult supervision?
     
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    Yes, but the theft happened under school hours. Basically just under our nose.
    We want the trouble maker to come forward so that we're rid of this problem. Instead of having to take more security measures.
     
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    It would be nice if the student(s) responsible came forward on his/her own, but until that time, I think extra security measures are a proper response, especially since it occurred during school hours.

    You could begin by restricting access to the equipment unless an adult is present. If that doesn't work, you could inform the students that there will simply be no access at all to the equipment until the responsible party is found. Unless the equipment is needed for state testing, the school shouldn't have an obligation to make the equipment available.

    Hopefully, the issue will be resolved before it reaches that point.
     
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    Could you also leave the door open for the student to return the items. Sometimes things go missing in class and we clean out our desks and mysteriously the item appears on the table after school. Maybe you could suggest that the culprit can return the equipment anonymously at a certain place?
     
  7. teaching4God

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    PRAY!
     
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    Does suspending class also suspend after school activities? I'm not a fan at all of stopping classes, that's hurting the learning of everyone else and I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of parents don't like it either.

    But taking away dances and sports and stuff like that can be a big motivator. Also, leaving a window open for the stuff to magically come back (as HeatherY said) could work out well.

    Really though, depending on the age I'd say call the police. Probably not for elementary school kids, but anything higher you should. Put the fear of God in them.
     
  9. MrMarblesTI

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    I learned about a study in a social pyschology class. There were two bathrooms on a college campus that were constantly vandalized, and vandalized horribly. In one bathroom, they put up a sign threatening the vandals, and in the other bathroom, they put up a sign asking the students to please do the college a favor and stop vandalizing. At the same time they put up the signs, they removed all of the vandalism from both of the bathrooms. Guess which one remained clean and which on got vandalized again?

    You might find that your students may be more likely to respect school property if they think that they're doing you a favor. It's just a thought, but maybe you could explain to them all of the steps that you've taken, and explain that the steps haven't worked. Then you could ask for their help in keeping school property in proper order.

    Just a thought. Hope it helps!
     
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    We have done that before.. but it keeps happening. So Not that effective.
     
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    just out of curiosity are what type of damage are you talking about and what type of equipment was stolen? If a smart board was stolen, my suggestion would be different than if a usb cable was stolen. similarly, if the principals desk was set on fire my answer would be different than if someone put gum in the fountain spout.
     
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    Perhaps offer an award to tipsters? You can also try setting up security cameras (not the expensive kind, but a strategically placed webcam should do the trick).
     
  13. laurah

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    Speakers were stolen and some windows were picked open.
     

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