The Friends of Lorne Primary School have launched a fundraising appeal after a break-in at the school which saw 14 laptops stolen.
The council has been unable to confirm how much the laptops, which were used by the pupils on a regular basis were worth, although a statement on the school’s Facebook page confirmed that other items were stolen and that the school was left without internet access or phones immediately after the break-in.
Writing on Facebook, Head Teacher Colin McLean said: “We had a break-in at school on the weekend of 6-8 February. Police Scotland is investigating this and we are confident that there is evidence that will help the police catch the thieves. I would like to thank my amazing staff for dealing so well with the dreadful mess that we found on Monday morning.”
He added: “Unfortunately school suffered losses due to the break-in and we will be working very hard over the coming weeks to sort this out. If anyone has any information, no matter how trivial it may seem, we would really appreciate if you could pass this to Police Scotland on telephone 101. Please do not pass information to school as Police Scotland prefer to have information direct from the person.
“We are saddened that anyone would steal from a school where young children come to learn and where committed staff and parents work hard to give children the best start to their education. To steal from a school is to steal from children.
Members of the Friends of Lorne Primary have announced that they plan to hold a family fun day in the school on March 6, between 9am and 12pm.
As the replacement laptops must comply with the specification set by the council’s IT provider, BT, people have been asked not to donate laptops directly, but instead to donate cash – or raffle prizes – towards the appeal.
Now, at this point you might be wondering whether the school was insured, and if not, why the council aren’t going to replace the laptops as a matter of course.
Mysteriously, a council spokesperson on Friday would neither confirm nor deny whether the school will receive any funds for the replacement laptop from the city chambers, despite acknowledging that: “The use of laptops is increasingly becoming part of everyday school life.”
Nor could the spokesperson confirm the purchase price of a single laptop, or the cost of damages caused by the break-in.How weird is that?
Anyway if you’d like to support the Friends of Lorne Primary in their fundraising endevours, you can get in touch with them via their Facebook Page.
If you have any information that could lead to the arrest of the thieves, then you should call Police Scotland on 101.
Pic credit: Lorne Primary | CC | John Lord | http://bit.ly/1EdVOz8