Theft in Kamehameha
If you’re a previous or current student of Kamehameha, you know of the existing theft issue that has been sweeping campus for many, many years. I pods, money, wallets, cameras, and cell phones are just a few kinds of personal items that are being stolen every single week. Using this knowledge, you would think a student such as myself would be well aware not to bring anything valuable to campus, but just like any other individual, I became a victim.
So here I was, minding my own business, just going to my locker. The day was March 16th, 2012, the day most sacred to all students of Kamehameha High school: song contest. I planned to pick up lunch once school was out, so I packed my wallet. Now, whether your bag is sitting by itself at the Konia bus stop, lying on your lap while you hang out on the Paki benches, or resting in a dark corner in your teacher’s classroom, the things in it can and will be stolen. Knowing this, I arrived at school and quickly stashed away my wallet in my designated locker and fastened the lock securely, checking afterwards to make sure that it closed.
The last bell of school rang that day at 12:10 p.m., giving students enough time to head over to the Blaisdell Arena promptly at 5:30 p.m. Once we were released from eighth period, I swiftly headed to my locker to gather my things. As soon as I finished my three-number cycle, I swung the door open, and discovered that my wallet was missing. The explanation of this occurrence is nonexistent, but all I knew was that my Coach wallet, hundreds of dollars in cash, and my driver’s license was gone.
Like any other kid, my first reaction was utter and complete anger. I knew I had locked my locker, and I even checked to make sure I had done so once I closed the door, yet someone still had the nerve to break into my locker and steal my things. I went straight to the office where I was told to fill out a couple papers and answer a few questions, but nothing could or would be done to retrieve what was already lost.
The administrators in the Konia 11-12 office may not want to admit to this, but stealing is something that is and has always been a problem on campus. In a quick in-class survey, 9 out of 15 students have been stolen from in the past year, yet the school continues to do nothing about it. Why?
“Someone broke into my locker and took my headphones and my iPod out of my bag. Although I reported the incident to the office, I know nothing is being done because the issue is still obviously still taking place,” junior Abcde Zoller said.
It is one thing to have your belongings stolen from your bag, but it is another thing to have your possessions taken from your personal, school-issued locker. It is so easy in today’s society for someone to learn how to break a lock because of the accessibility the Internet provides. Yes, the school cannot control whether kids steal from others, but they could take action into finding ways to control the problem.