Thieves steal $10k of computers, electronics from school

By: Kate Burgess Email
By: Kate Burgess Email

LUTTRELL, Tenn. (WVLT)--More than $10,000 of equipment stolen from Luttrell Elementary School. Computers, digital cameras, laptops, and printers taken right out of the classrooms.

Students at Luttrell Elementary use technology for pretty much everything. But not after Sunday night's robbery.

"We just don't have the money to replace [those computers] in the school budget," said Principal Sonja Saylor.

They don't have the money for security cameras either. Thieves just pulled out a glass window pane and crawled in, stealing computers and electronic equipment from all but one 5th grade classroom.

They even ransacked some of the baskets at the PTO fundraiser, stealing random items like movie tickets and t shirts.

Saylor added, "They stole from our community, they stole from the parents of the community, they stole from all the people that pay taxes here, but most of all they stole from our students who will have to do without technology for the rest of this year."

Lessons for every class will have to be changed. The loss won't change what students learn, just how they learn in it.

"We will still do whatever we need to do to meet the needs of the students as far as the curriculum and the standards go," said Saylor.
"What normally took place in the classroom, may now have to take place in a computer lab."

School officials expect students to be back in class Tuesday.

If you have any information on the burglary, please call the Union County Sheriff's Department at (865) 992-5212

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