iPain for students as thieves target school

STAFF and students at Tolland Public School have been left reeling after a brazen robbery saw 15 iPads valued at more than $10,000 stolen.
Nanjing Night Net

Thieves gained entry into the school on Wednesday at about 6.30pm, accessing its library, front office and special education unit, a building which holds the classroom for 25 students with severe disability.

The thieves stole a small amount of cash and Wii games including Just Dance from the classroom, which the students use each morning to keep fit.

Assistant principal of the special needs unit Rachel Linsell said staff and students were devastated by the theft.

“Some of our students use the iPads to communicate as their motor skills mean they can’t use pens or pencils, so it’s a devastating blow for us all,” Ms Linsell said.

“The students have really taken to using their iPads and it’s a shame one month out from the end of the school year their routine has been disrupted.”

The iPads were purchased in April this year, with the innovative technology allowing dedicated staff to use purpose-built special-needs applications as a teaching tool.

Principal Matthew Gray said he hoped the iPads could be recovered.

“We just want them back for the students,” Mr Gray said.

Wagga crime manager Rod Smith said an 11-year-old had been questioned in relation to the incident and a spate of break-ins in the Turvey Park area.

The theft was one of a number of break-ins in the city on Wednesday, which included Medicare and the Southern Weekly Magazine.

CRUEL ACT: (From left) Tolland Public School special education unit students George Brett-Schneider, 8, Charlie Crouch, 11, and May Bowditch, 8, stand with assistant principal Rachel Linsell in their classroom yesterday. Picture: Les Smith

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