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March 20, 2007

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What!!!

I bought my Razor(Motorola) phone for $99 when they were fairly new. How does this person's Razor cost $400? I guess it must since the police arrested the juvie

Parent

I believe the razor phone was $250, and I also believe the victim had no knowledge of the transaction that was going to take place. That was pre-arranged via the police and her parents, without her knowledge!!! Thank you

said $400

The mother of the victim said the phone cost $400. First, I dont think the phone is that much money, and second, why would a middle school child have a $400 phone. Did the mother buy the phone. No need for it. The "KID" should be using a free phone or a less expensive model...if even having one in 8th grade. That being said, I know that is not the point. Just plan stupid and asking for trouble...not that they deserve it...just asking for it!

Parent

Dear "Said $400", everything you read is not always accurate. There are many people that are mis-quoted, and even reporters make mistakes once in awhile. Reporters are not perfect people, just like the rest of us. I believe this one made a few mistakes in the facts of the story. As for your comment "asking for it" I hope you don't truely believe this child was asking to become a victim of theft, that's pathetic. Btw, razor's go for $250, look it up online.

outraged

Are you people out of your minds? An allegation of a child being threatened at knife point and you are debating the value of the phone. I seriously hope you are under a Doctors care because you need some help.

Who cares what the phone costs. The one and only concern I have is the safety of the children in this school and the lack of leadership from the principal and the Superintendent of schools. I am shocked that he made a statement casting doubt on the allegations when he should have remained silent until a full investigation is completed.

not a lawyer

the value of the phone may be important -- isn't it only a felony if you steal something that's worth over $250?

Kate

The following article is from the 'Journal':

Suspect wants reward for theft
Wednesday, March 21, 2007 - Updated: 05:43 PM EDT

A Somerville 15-year-old was found trying to sell a stolen cell phone on March 16, according to a report.

Police investigating a theft of a $399.99 Motorola V3 Razor cell phone were alerted to a series of notes written by a suspect who claimed he had it and would return it for a $50 reward.

A detective made an appointment to do just that and met the suspect in Teele Square at about 3 p.m. with $50 in cash from the police department fund.

After the transaction took place and the phone was recovered, the juvenile was reportedly placed under arrest and charged with receiving stolen property worth over $250.

davisborn

Dear not a lawyer: The intital theft of the phone may not be a felony but pulling a knife and/or threatening anyone with a knife, especially a witness, is a felony.

Still

I am assuming the parent bought the child the $400 phone. Smart move to give your child such an expensive phone. The child does not deserve this but the parent should know better. Easy target!

outsider looking in

Okay, what the heck is wrong with you people? Did you ever stop to think that the school personnel were told to keep quiet and the police would handle the situation? Why are you chastizing the principal? get a grip!
As far as a kid being threatened with a knife....maybe the kids' stories have changed? An arrest was made for recieinving stolen property...good. Other than that, go back to what you were doing and let the law handle it and leave the principal alone!

outraged

I still can't believe the postings on this subject!

Now another poster is blaming the parent for buying the phone. The only issue in my mind is the allegation of a threat with a knife and according to the press reports no action being taken by the administration for two days.

According to parents at the school the child that made the threat with the knife fled the scene, again without the knowledge of the principal.

The schools should always make safety the number one issue. It is impossible to learn in a school where students are in fear of violence when they walk into the building. The failure to act for two days is inexcusable.

We need to hold someone responsible for this and stop blaming the victim.

Somerspeak

So the incident took place on March 5.

Since then, has the school principal or school administration sent any notice to the caregivers of the kids at WSNS letting them know what alledgedly happened, it's under investigation and that there's no need for concern?

That would be the responsible thing to do.

brickbottom

Somerspeak,

Don't hold your breath. You will not hear a peep from this school's administration unless kids talk too loudly in the cafeteria or ask to go to the bathroom too many times. They have no sense when a situation is serious or when it is petty. Either way they don't want anyone to know what a miserable job they are performing day in and day out. They have lost all respect not only from the parents but the kids themselves. The kids know that you can get away with serios infractions and only receive a slap on the wrist, as the administration of this school lies and will go to any extent to hide any wrongdoing from the parents for fear of making themselves look incompetent, which they are. It will be astounding if this schools administration is brought back next year, that will only show that the Superintendent couldn't care less about the kids or that the pool of candidates for the priciple and vice principle jobs is either full of morons or they don't want the resposibility.

Between the two that are in charge now they have over 60 years in this school system......I think retirement time should be on their horizon.

To "outsider looking in"....you are exactly that. So before you make an opinion make an informed opinion.

Andrea

It is amazing that we do not get a notice on a knife in the school or the fact that someone was trying to burn down the bathroom, but we get notice that cell phones are not allowed in the building. For working parents kids with cell phones are needed. My children need to call me when they leave and when they get home.

Ron Newman

I'm neither for nor against cell phones in schools, but in what way are they "needed"? Schoolkids and parents got by just fine without these luxury items for many, many decades.

Some Ole Villen

Ron you obviously don't have teenage kids. We also got along without radio, automobiles, television, photocopiers, computers, electricity and running water. Cell phones are certainly overused but if it helps parents keep better track of their children they're probably worthwhile.

Cell Phone 'luxury'?

Well, let's see.....when parents are at work trying to earn enough money to pay for the liberal causes, they have no way of knowing where their kids are. Parents used to be able to be home with their kids, and those days are sadly gone. With 'luxuries' like cell phones kids can contact their parents whether they are in a meeting, in their car, on a bus, etc. And by the same token, the parents can reach a child who hasn't come home on time to make sure they're safe. There is certainly an issue of using cell phones at school, which is not allowed.

Ron Newman

When I was a kid, the rule was simple: dinner's at 6:30, be home by then. No need for a wireless umbilical cord.

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

Butters,

You're starting to annoy me. When you were a kid, they should have sold you to Angelina Jolie.

Dr. Mrs. McCarthy

brickbottom

Newman,

I agree with our resident sage the Good Dr. Mrs. McCarthy.

You have got to be the most out of touch poster on this board. I suppose you don't have any children. It is comforting for parents in today's world to be able to keep in touch with their children whether dinner time is 6:30 or not.

You just don't have a clue in that little universe of yours you call home....do you.

WSNS parents

FINALLY SCHOOL IS OVER AT WSNS, BUT SOME STUDENTS THAT WERE SUPPOSED TO BE KEPT BACK DUE TO THEIR LOW FINAL GRADESEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE IN ALL SUBJECTS THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL YEAR GOT TO GO THE NEXT GRADE. I DO NOT THINK IT IS FAIR AND OK FOR MY CHILD WHO HAS STRUGGLED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO GET GOOD GRADES THEN SOME CLASSMATES WHO HAS DONE NOTHING AT ALL GOT PROMOTED. THIS SCHOOL NEEDS NEW LEADERSHIP. HELP!!!

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