Awareness of Stealing At Coppell

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Stealing Habits

Stealing is a common habit we see in everyday life, whether it may be picking up a $50 dollar bill or cheating off a test for answers. Coppell students don't realize how this can seriously affect them - especially the cheating part. Where one can easily copy off answers and get a "free" 100, what will happen if the same material is on a test? Or how would you react if your lunch money suddenly "disappeared?" It is hard to remind oneself that stealing can come in any form, and even harder to resist the temptation to do it. At Coppell High, the main targets of stealing tend to be iPads, iPods, or any form of technology. From the article, "Valuables at Risk: Students Suffer Stealing's Effect," “'Nine times out of ten, the theft is an iPod,' Student Resource Officer Gavin Inson said. “I also deal with thefts of cell phones and purses," (Thompson and Campbell). Stealing is not just happening excessively in Coppell High, however, according to "a recent Falconer survey of over 125 students, nearly 40 percent of the students polled said that they had had something stolen on the Fauquier High School campus." This means that over 50 students has had their belongings stolen. Consequences, such as grade deductions, broken trust, hostility, guilt, and even incarceration, can have a penalizing results.

Suggestions on How to Prevent Stealing @ CHS

Build Trust

Trust is always important for the foundation of a relationship. If you want something that your friend has, just don't take it. It causes much suffering of both sides and mistrust always breaks a friendship/relationship. Always remind yourself that a companion is always better than an iPad or MacBook. Friendships may not last forever, but technology will last a lot shorter at the rate new items or forms of technology are being released.

How Teachers/Staff Can Get Involved

During a test, most teachers don't watch their students carefully to catch the cheating happening. In our generation, cheating gets more and more creative. By preventing this form of stealing, teachers can get involved to promote a change at CHS.

Staff members can also watch for students physically stealing things. If they see this happen, they have the authority to step in and stop them. Perhaps they might see a student who is taking an iPad or a phone; it doesn't hurt to ask if it's theirs or not.

Teachers and staff have the power of authority, which is important in order to prevent stealing. “'The presence of a teacher or administrator is always a deterrent,'” Inson said. '[People] don’t want to get caught,'" (Thompson and Campbell). By showing good characteristics and emphasizing honesty and values, students will be less likely to steal in that class. And if every teacher could do that, then stealing would be very minimal, if nonexistent. Sure, students still find loopholes, but with adults helping out, we can make those loopholes very tight.