I LEAD a simple life. I don’t like anyone taking or borrowing any of my belongings or vice versa. It sounds selfish.
Previously, I used to buy two CDs of each movie or song compilation so that if someone borrowed one and did not return it, I’d still have the other.
So, when I left a bag with my son’s smartphone inside with the school security guard for safe keeping, I wasn’t worried.
It’s the norm at this boarding school for parents to leave things in the care of the security guard, and with the items collected by the students later.
Therefore, I was shocked when the guard on duty said the bag was taken by another “student” wearing the school uniform, without signing the log book.
He then took off in a taxi. This happened a day before the first semester break in the last week of May.
It was sheer daylight robbery in the school compound.
The culprit must be bold or desperate.
I waited for the school to reopen, in case the student had mistakenly taken the bag,
I was hoping he would return it to the owner.
My son’s name and his classroom number were clearly stated on the A5 size note attached to the bag.
But the bag was not returned. I referred the matter to the school authority, and after a discussion with the principal, I lodged a police report.
I also did my own investigations to recover the stolen bag. I contacted the Langkawi Taxi Association to get information on this culprit using a description from the security guard.
I also contacted a few police personnel for help should the school decide not to entertain my case.
Unknown to me however, the school had formed its own team, consisting of the hostel wardens, disciplinary teacher and counseling teacher, to investigate.
My best friend, whose son is also in boarding school, said losing things was the norm in residential schools.
Stealing is a low-life crime. I wonder how people can live with themselves, knowing they have taken someone else’s belongings or
The school and teachers are not to blame. Teachers are surrogate parents to the students while they are in school.
It is the responsibility of the parents to instil proper values in their children. If parents fail to discharge their duties as guardians, then they should be punished.
Parents must teach their children about property rights and respecting the belongings of others.
A famous quote from Mahatma Gandhi goes: “Every home is a university and the parents are the teachers.”
Academics say children are more likely to grow into well-adjusted adults if their parents are firm disciplinarians.
It is in our power to build character in a child.
The youth are our future leaders and we have to start nurturing and guiding their lives.
I consoled my son for his loss, fuelled him with positive emotions and hoped that the hurt and anger in him would subside.
There is no such thing as a “poor me” attitude.
Generally, good things happen to good people, but sometimes, bad things happen to good people. Nazly Ahmad, Langkawi, Kedah NST Letters 12 July 2014