Know Your Population
Today, she left her bag out in plain sight and her wallet “full of credit cards and 200 dollars” was stolen either in my class or the classroom of another teacher.
The poetry teacher frantically passed me in the hallway panicking in a freaked out way (frankly, I freak out pretty bad anytime I think there’s a chance I may have lost something valuable) and hastily panted to me:
“Ms. C, no one in your class would have taken my wallet, would they?”
“Ms. Poetry Teacher, ANY of my students would have gladly taken your wallet,” I replied.
I truly felt bad for Ms. Poetry Teacher; I had my pocket picked in Union Square when I was very new to the city, and the memory still stings when I think about how bad it sucked to call and cancel half a dozen credit cards.
However, this woman worked with emotional disturbed students for twice as many years as I have worked months; I love my kids but I would never tempt my students by leaving personal belongings of value within plain sight.
Don’t be naieve, know your population.