Locker room burglar
By Amatullah Wright, junior writer
The gym locker room at Hillcrest has been a prime location of thefts and unsupervision for many years. Recently, several students told The Highlighter that they have had items stolen from the locker room during their gym classes.
One freshman student told us that she had her wallet, headphones, and $50 stolen from her bag that was left in the Girls Locker room during her P.E class. Her wallet consisted of a debit card, school ID, Metrocard, and state ID. The school Deans made her fill out a form and got her a new metrocard. She had to go through a lot to get back all her stolen cards and IDs. This 9th grader told us that she felt helpless because there was nothing that could be done because no one knew who did it. One other student told us that nearly two hundred dollars was stolen from this person’s locker.
While most locker rooms contain an assortment of jewelry, Metrocards, electronics (especially phones) and cash, these rooms do not have security cameras because they are designed to allow privacy for those changing. It is hard to supervise locker rooms because a camera will invade privacy and a monitor will make students uncomfortable. Assistant Principal of Physical Education, Mr. Alli stated, “The locker room is the most unsupervised place in schools, colleges gym, facilities, etc. because of a privacy complexity. No one is going to feel safe or comfortable with an adult or camera supervising/monitoring the locker rooms while they are changing.”
The Physical Education teachers at Hillcrest do their best to monitor the locker rooms as they always check the student's class schedule before the can enter the locker rooms to ensure that only students who has their class is in the locker rooms at that period.
There is no locker room that is 100% secure in the world. Regardless, there needs to be a better system of security in the locker rooms and more monitoring because at the end of the day, it's better to be safe than sorry. How many more victims have to suffer from having their items stolen?