With the recent conviction of a former OPRF High School student on both drug charges and, more notoriously, for running an electronics theft ring within the school, we offer this strong suggestion to the newly hired head of security at the high school: Take thefts seriously, report crime data openly, work more effectively with local police on this issue.

When police found nearly 200 cellphones and pricey calculators inside a Harrison Street apartment linked to Pawel Boroski-Beszta in 2011, local parents could finally say, “OK, that’s where my kid’s iPhone went.” Thefts from backpacks, lockers, the cafeteria were the unspoken secret of OPRF. Everyone had a story; everyone knew someone who had lost a costly device. But the decision at the school was to leave the incidents in isolation, to not connect the dots, to not acknowledge in a huge building filled with the latest gadgets, a welter of people, and loads of opportunity, that the crime of theft was rampant.

When we’ve asked local police how serious the problem has become, we get grimaces and then frustration because even the cops don’t have good information on this criminal activity.

OPRF has faced up to a lot of things in recent years as the old culture of containment has finally cracked. We talk openly about the academic achievement gap, about an excess of drug and alcohol use among our kids, about the complexities of race and class in a school setting, and now even about the $123 million cash stash held in the vault. With a new emphasis on security in the building, this makes it a good time to make clear that the next big thing is to file a report when your Samsung Galaxie phone is ripped off, that the data is routinely shared with police, and that student thieves will be arrested and prosecuted.

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