'Doggy-do,' not theft, the problem at Longfellow


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I would like to take this opportunity to clarify part of a misleading story printed in the December 15 edition of WEDNESDAY JOURNAL. It was reported (rather spectacularly) that Longfellow School was the site of two thefts in one week ("Thieves strike twice at Longfellow School"). I would like to clarify and assure the community that our schools are safe and administrators are taking appropriate security precautions in all of our buildings.

I am the Instrumental Music teacher at Longfellow School. On the afternoon of December 9 I was frantically preparing the Longfellow auditorium for our annual winter concert being held that evening. In my haste, I picked up what I thought was the camera bag belonging to equipment we had borrowed to record the evening's performance. It wasn't until I returned to school at 6:00 p.m. and received a frantic note from the secretary that I realized that what was locked in my room was actually the Afterschool Arts teacher's (who is a dear friend of mine) purse. I immediately called her and the purse was returned by 6:15. As far as the stolen saxophone is concerned, I have not heard of this, which is strange since I am the band director, but I know from experience, that often times what children report as "stolen" is merely misplaced (or left on the playground).

Speaking of playgrounds, now that I have a public forum I would like to mention a problem I AM aware of at Longfellow School. I have lunch supervision three days a week at Longfellow. For the past three weeks or so part of my job has involved picking up large piles of "doggy-do" from the field the children play in. I believe that the schools have a "no-dog" policy and signs posted, but if you choose to walk your dog on the property anyway, as they say in kindergarten and first grade, PLEASE CLEAN UP YOUR MESS! (By the way, I am a dog owner myself).

Editor's Note: We base all our crime reports on information provided by the Oak Park and River Forest police. Sometimes, cases are closed, or a victim informs police that an item he or she believed was stolen has been recovered, and we do not receive the information before deadline. We regret any errors.

Sandra L. Korelc
Oak Park

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