Biology Department Robbed
December 20th, 2006
A projector and laptop were stolen from Room 709 on December 1 between periods four and six.
After using the items in her fourth period class, biology teacher Marianna Reep locked the items in the room’s closet, but when biology teacher Anne Manwell came to get the items two periods later, they were gone. “I always lock the door, but somehow somebody came in and took it,” said Reep. According to Manwell, the case is currently under investigation by the administration.
The investigation, however, has yet to yield a suspect. “There were a lot of people going in and out of the room at that time,” said Manwell.
Assistant Principal Science Elizabeth Fong declined to comment.
According to Reep, the biology department has approximately $1,500 to purchase replacements for the lost items. The department, however, must follow specific procedures when purchasing new items, which may delay the ordering and use of replacements. “We have to apply for money from the school, get permission from [the administration] and then buy new ones.” said Reep. “That would take a while.”
Because of the theft, access to the two remaining laptops and projector sets is now limited.
Manwell said that the theft most affects students taking biology Intel classes because they present their projects using laptops and projectors. “It takes a lot more time to present each project now since we don’t have it everyday. Missing the projector and laptop “hinders my lessons,” she said.
Senior Zach Frankel, who is in Manwell’s biology Intel class, agreed. Because of the loss of a projector, he said, “We had to sit there squinting our eyes to watch the presentations on a laptop screen.”
“It’s been really tough to do presentations,” said senior David Liu. “It’s inhibited normal class performance.
“Most teachers don’t use [projectors] unless they really need it,” Reep said. “Now, even if we really need it, it’ll be difficult for us to get one.”