When we think of the lost-and-found at a school, we tend to think about mittens and scarves left behind by second-graders. But over at Oak Park and River Forest High School the “security vault” is overflowing with cellphones, wallets, jewelry and clothes. Also currently locked up are a couple of unclaimed bikes, down from last summer when there were 17 the school found around campus.

Randy Braverman, the school’s new security director, said the small valuables will be shipped over to the Oak Park police by the time you read this editorial. If you’re missing an article of clothing, you have until mid-month before a donation is made to the Economy Shop.

How do you explain a student — or a parent — not turning up to inquire about that nearly new smart phone that went missing at school? Braverman admits he’s also puzzled. We’d say his efforts to clearly log lost items turned in and then publicize the existence of the lost-and-found is a good start. 

But back to the question of why: Here are two suggestions. 1) Our kids are somewhat spoiled and expect parents to ante up for a new phone. 2) We’ve all come to assume that anything missing at OPRF has been stolen, not lost. And since no officials have ever seemed interested in tracking such crime, it goes unreported. 

Changing that attitude, we hope and expect, is phase two of Mr. Braverman’s mission.

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