35 iPads Missing From Cabell County Schools

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Three Cabell County elementary schools are missing some valuable teaching tools for their students.

Thirty-five iPads locked up at the end of the last school year are now gone.

Highlawn Elementary, Cox Landing Elementary, and Spring Hill Elementary are the three schools that were affected. All three are Title I schools, and the iPads were bought with Title I funding.

"Those students have lost the opportunity to use the iPads," Highlawn Elementary School Principal Robin Harmon said. "They won't be replaced. We can't go out and spend. Our budget's not that large. We can't get 10 more iPads, which would now cost $4,500. We've lost that."

"It's just devastating that someone would want to take the iPads," said T.C. Clemons, a 4th grade teacher at Highlawn. "They stole valuable learning from our students."

Clemons says her students were looking forward to getting back on the iPads all summer. It's a piece of technology that many of the students in these three schools don't have access to at home.

"Our students here don't have a lot of opportunities," Harmon said. "To have the iPads, it's opened up a whole new world for our students."

Ten of the 35 iPads that went missing were from Highlawn Elementary.

"It's not taking away from the teachers," Harmon said. "It's not taking away from me. It's taking away from the students. They are the ones that are losing out because of the 10 iPads being stolen."

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