Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

April 27, 2009

Anger, frustration, sadness, disappointment

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrweis @ 6:47 pm


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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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 @ (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.




  1. Dear Adam,

    I was deeply shocked and devastated at the news that someone stole you laptop. This is totally unacceptable. It is my hope that whoever was involved in this will have the smarts and decency to return the laptop immediately.
    You most certainly have given what seems to be nearly every waking moment to your teaching, to supporting our children. It was bad enough that you received a pink slip from the ‘system’—the seemingly nameless, faceless institution–which of course is comprised of real people—BUT to be betrayed by folks in the community that you have served—those who have received the gifts of you teaching and commitment–well that is an outrage.
    I believe this is the second time y your belonging have been stolen in your classroom–the other being another computer accessory–so there is indeed a pattern here. As parents in your class I hope we can come together to talk to our children about this matter and to encourage whomever did this to have the courage and wisdom to return your laptop before things get worse.
    While caring does not return the precious material on your computer, I want you to know that you matter deeply to our children and families and I hope as a community we can find ways to express that amidst this time of understandable shattered trust.

    Beth Sauerhaft
    (Danya’s mom)

    Comment by Beth Sauerhaft — April 27, 2009 @ 7:17 pm | Reply

  2. What a drag. I am very sorry. Always lock your door. Always. Always.

    I am so, so sorry. I may have a desktop I can get to you so you can begin to rebuild, so talk to me tomorrow!

    –Rich Sugerman

    By the way, I read your blog a lot. It is the best teacher blog out there, and there are lots and lots. But, you knew that!

    Comment by Rich — April 27, 2009 @ 7:29 pm | Reply

  3. I second everything Beth said. I am so sorry.

    Comment by Robin — April 27, 2009 @ 8:52 pm | Reply

  4. Adam, I am so very sorry. It’s just not fair!!! If there’s anything anybody can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.

    Comment by Jill Herschman — April 28, 2009 @ 11:09 am | Reply

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