My emotions are swirling about right now, so much so that I don’t know what to think. This afternoon my personal laptop was stolen from the classroom. It is a silver 15 inch MacBookPro and was taken without a case or power supply. There are currently 2 possibilities.
- While the students were in Science down the hall, I left the room for 5 minutes to make some copies and then walk down the hall to pick them up. During these 5 minutes I left my doors unlocked and it is possible that someone wandering the upstairs hall could have stepped in and stolen it then.
- During the last hour and fifteen minutes of the day, the students were in my class finishing up math and then watching a video for Social Studies and taking notes. The laptop could also have been taken by one of the students during these activities or during clean-up.
It saddens me greatly that someone would take my computer from me, and that it most likely is someone from the BAM community, possibly one of my own students. I have given my life to this job this year, poured myself entirely into it, and worked countless late nights and weekends. All of the work I have done is only on the computer, as I unfortunately do not have a recent backup. I cannot begin to express the frustration that I feel about this. Not only is it a sizable monetary investment, but I also have all my work from graduate school, years of things I developed while student teaching, all the work I have done this year, my own personal creative and fiction writing and poetry, pictures of my family and friends, videos, and recordings of songs. I’ve also lost a piece of trust I had with my students and the BAM community.
I have called all the families in my class, and a phone blast went out to all the families in the school, but if anyone hears or sees anything, please let me know. Someone has to have seen something, or if it was a student, I’m sure someone will hear something. You can email me at adamweis @ gmail.com (just delete the spaces around the @ when you copy the email into your email program.)
If someone did make a mistake and took the laptop, I am a forgiving person. Please just turn it back into the office and say you found it, no questions asked. I just desperately want it back so I can get my files back. I am also filing a police report and meeting with police, so if the perpetrator is not one to be swayed by guilt, but instead fear, please also know that if I do not get it given back to me, I will be bringing in the force of the law.
There’s not much more to say now, except that I’m feeling pretty down. I’ll keep doing my best to keep giving my all every day to all the kids. It’s really all I can do.