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Wednesday, December 08, 2010


Thieves steal computers, TV from Langley special education students



METRO VANCOUVER - It's still weeks before Christmas but a group of Langley high school students had a visit from the Grinch this weekend after someone stole four computers and a flat-screen TV from their classroom.

The special education students, who spent two years fundraising and collecting bottles to buy the equipment in 2007, were shocked when they arrived for class at Langley Secondary on Monday morning and found the computers and TV missing. "I feel really bad about what happened," said Trevor, 16. "I got very upset; it was shocking."

Teacher Gurpreet Mahil said the students had worked hard to raise the money for the four iMacs and the flat-screen TV, which are considered extras and not included in the regular classroom budget. They had not only collected bottles for recycling but applied for grants from the Parent Advisory Council.

There are seven students in the class, who use the computers for math and English games and YouTube research, and usually watch a movie every Friday afternoon on the TV. Mahil noted some of the autistic students often need a break during the day and will spend that time on a computer. A letter signed by the students and sent to the Vancouver Sun said the equipment was "used daily to assist us with our work and to develop independence."

"It's part of their routine," Mahil said. "Any change in their routine can be upsetting and troublesome for them. They're taking it well; they don't really understand the ramifications of it."

The student letter also asked for help in finding the thieves. "We feel that all our hard work has gone down the drain. We are taught to be good members of the community even when it is obvious bad people still exist," the letter states.

"It is especially gut wrenching when this happens around Christmas at a time when we are learning to donate and share with those less fortunate than ourselves.

"We think it is despicable and sickening that you stole these items from us. We hope you get a lump of coal for Christmas this year."

Anyone with information, is asked to call the Langley RCMP.

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