iPads stolen from special needs classrooms

iPads stolen from Carlsbad school
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CARLSBAD, Calif. - Several iPads were stolen from two special needs classrooms in Carlsbad over the weekend.

Hope Elementary School teachers said they noticed the seven iPads missing shortly after class started Monday morning.

“We were devastated, and shocked and so sad,” said teacher Jennifer Bannock.

Teachers said their students with autism and other special needs are left to pay the price, not understanding the situation.

“These are crucial for our students. We have kids who non-verbal, they don’t speak. The iPad is their voice and now their voice is gone,” said Bannock.

Bannock explained that her students consider the iPad programs as games, but are true learning tools.

“They're learning how to identify letters and numbers,” said Bannock.

The thieves seemed to know exactly what to look for when they came into the classroom, according to Bannock.

“Nothing else was touched in my classroom,” Bannock said.

Police are working with school officials by checking several security camera video from the weekend.  School officials also plan to work with a security team at Apple in hopes to locate the iPads.

“At this point we aren’t sure how they got in yet. There were some screens that were disturbed around the outside perimeter,” said Principal Richard Tubbs.  “We’ll be looking at ways to replace these iPads as soon as possible and we’ll come up with another security measure to make sure this doesn’t happen again."

Anyone with information about the incident should contact Carlsbad Police Department.

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