There are schools where everything is locked up tight. These schools have an air of suspicion hanging in the halls, because they have a reputation and reasons to have it. Almost every door you go in and out of after school hours requires a special key, and every locker has a built-in lock.
But McNicholas is different. When I first came to McNick, I found it odd was that no one had locks on their lockers. How did they trust that their things would not be stolen?
After a week or two of unlocking my locker every time I opened it, I decided to take my lock off. If everyone else trusted their peers, why couldn’t I? For the three and a half years since then, I haven’t locked my locker once and have not had a single item stolen.
However, theft at McNicholas has become an issue as of late. Recently, band drums were stolen from the parking lot and three guitars were stolen from the band room. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, a cell phone, money, an iPod touch, and a student’s tablet were all stolen within the same class period from lockers in the auxiliary gym.
Some facts point to an outside source for the thefts, such as the drums being shoved into the back of an unidentified car that drove off. On the other hand, there is limited access to the school from outside and people who don’t look familiar would stand out too much in the hallways, especially carrying things like a tablet and guitars. These details turn the suspicion and, unfortunately, the distrust on McNicholas students themselves.
“[The theft] makes me sick. To me, the most vital ingredient of school is trust. Period. Trust is the key, and that trust has been shattered. We don’t lock up because of this culture of trust that McNick has,” Student Moderator Mr. Gerard Kissel said. “It bothers me because this is what people will think about McNick. It is so wrong that we have one or two thieves making us all look terrible.”
Those responsible for this need to stop. You are ruining McNick’s image and our cherished sense of community and safety.
“We all make mistakes and taking ownership for your mistakes is hard to do, but it’s a life lesson. I plead to the people who have witnessed it: it’s hard to tell on a friend but this person needs to be stopped,” Principal Patty Beckert said.