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Master of Arts in Education (MA)


Pamela A. Redmond, Happy Johnson


On middle and high school campuses across the United States, theft among students is a problem. Items valued from a couple dollars to electronic devices valued in excess of several hundreds of dollars are reported stolen to teachers, administrators and the police every day. These thefts take away from the learning process and therefore impact the school and the community in a negative way. A school is a reflection of the community, and one that is known for having a theft problem cannot positively affect change. Students involved in thefts are often out of class to plan and carry out these acts, reducing their ability to gain the information and skills available in the classroom. Using any excuse to leave the classroom, these students seek opportunities to take unguarded items (G. Zakrevsky, May 20019). Thefts can occur because of the opportunity that is presented when an unguarded or unlocked item can be taken with little or no risk. Regardless of the circumstances theft of personal and school property is a problem and solutions to its reduction must be found to help educators return the focus on learning. A website will be designed to promote ways to reduce the problem of theft on middle and high school campuses.