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More Than A Dozen CH-UH School-Issued iPad Thefts Reported

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District Superintendent Douglas Heuer said the news "frustrates and outrages us."

More than a dozen Cleveland Heights-University Heights students have reported that someone stole their school-issued iPads — sometimes by force — in the past two weeks, according to a statement from the school district.

"This news frustrates us and outrages us," Superintendent Douglas Heuer said in the media release. "Many people know our middle school students carry iPads, making them targets for theft."

Cleveland Heights Patch reported in an article published Oct. 11 that a 12-year-old girl said she was punched by a teen, and then he stole her iPad while she was walking with a friend at 4:40 p.m. Oct. 2 near Nobleshire and Noble roads.

The next day, a similar incident occurred on the 900 block of Pembrook Road. Two teens approximately 16 to 18 years old ran up to a 13-year-old girl and stole her iPad from her hands at about 3:30 p.m.

And more recently, students reported iPad thefts on the 2700 block of Scarborough, Antisdale and Staunton and on the 3600 block of Monticello Boulevard between approximately 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. One 16-year-old boy, who is accused of pushing a victim during the theft, is a suspect in one of the incidents and was arrested by police.

On Oct. 11, three Monticello Middle School students said their book bags were stolen during a practice after school. In at least two incidents, children said the suspects, four boys or men, drove a tan Chevy Impala.

"We are working – and will continue to work – with the Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and South Euclid police departments to see that the individuals who have threatened and stole from our students are apprehended and brought to justice," Heuer said. 

"We ask all residents to work with us to protect our students and make sure they receive the best education possible. If you hear or see anything, please share what you know with the district and local police authorities. Please help us ensure our students safety and that they have access to technology that will prepare them for the future."

Bunny Breslin October 19, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Keep a class set in each classroom along with extras that may be individually signed out (on an as-needed basis) in a locked cabinet for use during school hours. Homework, if any assigned, need not necessarily be internet-based,
SPH October 19, 2012 at 04:38 PM
And this is why we pick our kids up from school! I never agreed with the laptops either but what baffles me even more is the fact that they aren't learning the basics on how to study, how to take proper notes prior to even getting these devices. Don't tell me that in a digital age they need to knot this stuff because they do but they need to learn to walk before they run. They need to learn basic study habits before being given these devices. And they are not being directed as to the best use of these devices for those study habits. Right now it is an excuse for the district to say look at us and how advanced we are....
kimmylou08 October 19, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I agree had no business spending money on this things no one ever stole textbooks!!!
Staci Marshall October 19, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Here here! Back to text books! A fail safe system that works.
Jason Bourne June 01, 2013 at 09:12 AM
School officials are ALWAYS shocked. What did you think was going to happen?! You might as well send kids to school with $1000 cash on them and a sign around their necks saying I"M CARRYING CASH. The bottom line is that these devices are being used to grab headlines and now the headlines are NOT the ones they wanted!!

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