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A Park Slope elementary school that has had more than 50 Apple laptops stolen in the past two months may not receive replacement computers. The still new MacBooks, which were stolen from PS 107 on Eighth Avenue on two occasions over the past two months, made up the majority of school’s computer supply.

But the city refused to say if the laptops are insured or if it will cough up the dough for replacements by September.

“It’s absolutely appalling that the city may not reimburse a school that was robbed,” said Kate Porterfield, a parent of two PS 107 students and one future student. “This would end up punishing hundreds of kids who love the computer program.” Others were concerned that the failure of the Department of Education to bring in new computers would deprive students of instruction in an increasingly basic area.

“It would be like going backwards if the laptops aren’t replaced,” said Daniel Paterna, a father of two in the school. Students in the K-5 school learned typing, computer basics and even some programming on the state-of-the-art laptops. But with most of the school’s computers now in the hands of thieves, Principal Cynthia Holton may have to scramble to keep the kids out of the Stone Age. “I don’t know what will happen,” Holton said. “We would have to put our heads together come up with some other solution to keep the technology classes.” And it’s not just the aftermath of the laptop thefts that have parents in a rage — it’s the fact that they occurred in the first place. Both burglaries occurred when a security guard from Komi Construction, a contractor doing restoration work on the 100-year-old building between 13th and 14th streets, was on-duty. Some parents suspect that company employees are responsible for the burglaries, but they are also blaming the Department of Education for not securing the building. “The school should be safer because the Department of Education has a responsibility to protect its property,” Porterfield asserted.

Komi Construction did not return repeated calls for comment about the rash of thefts, and a Department of Education spokeswoman declined a chance to clarify the city’s position, saying that she did not want to jeopardize the NYPD’s investigation.

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JR from Park SLope says:
What's appalling is that this school doesn't know how to secure their taxpayer-funded assets. They were robbed not once, but twice! If you should be outraged with anyone, it should be the union-protected princicpal is who doing a less than adequate job protecting the resources that people like I have supplied for these children, via the tax code. Be responsible!
July 16, 2010, 6:39 am
skulls from Park Slope says:
JR -- and you know exactly what about what happened? Do you know how they were secured? Just because Rush and Glenn Beck get paid to spout reactionary BS about things they don't know about doesn't mean they, or you, are right. Everyone would benefit if you directed your self-entitled phony outrage to the people who actually broke into a locked area with a crowbar while a private company was in charge of security and not to the victims of the crime. Do you even pay taxes?
July 16, 2010, 9:35 am
richie rich from parkslope says:
probably inside job...check the super or janitors..
July 16, 2010, 11:32 am
IS from CCNY from Upper West Side says:
I completely agree JR from Park Slope. Those laptops cost over $2000 each. The principle should be held responsible and the taxpayers should not have to pay another (at least $2000 x 50 = 100,000), $100,000 to replace these laptops. These laptops should have been secured! And why are they spending so much on MAC's? PC's would have cost 1/3 of the price. THIS WAS AN INSIDE JOB! **It could have been the teachers/administrators/contractors/parents/students or a combination of them. There is not why is hell that, that many laptops walked out of that school without 'NO ONE' knowing about!
July 16, 2010, 4:12 pm
shoes4world says:
probably inside job... check the super or janitors
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July 16, 2010, 10:29 pm
Paul from Park Slope says:
Are you keeping people on staff to write loonie reactionary comments like JR and Ritchie Rich? I mean, I know you just fired all your reporters to go with less expensive stringers, but c'mon! You don't need to hang out a shingle for crazies to fill up space, do you Gersh?
July 18, 2010, 7:15 pm
Stan LS from Gravesend says:
skulls, "Do you know how they were secured?" - yes. Inadequately.
July 19, 2010, 10:55 am
Lucy from Gravesend says:


Fired reporters? Who was fired?
July 19, 2010, 1:08 pm
Gersh from Park Slope says:
The comment space is made available so that anyone can weigh in on the issues of the day. We do not censor comments, except when the comments violate our posting terms, which are listed below. Thanks.
July 19, 2010, 1:27 pm
Ron from Park Slope says:
Hey skulls - I'm absolutely, adamantly opposed to Beck and Rush, and don't even see what they have to do with this.
When 50 (fifty!) laptops disappear in two robberies over two months, you have to ask what the [fill in expletive of choice] is going on, who had access or tipped off others, and why security was and remained inadequate.
That's not a "loonie reactionary" view. It's plain common sense.
July 19, 2010, 1:34 pm
Ron from Park Slope says:
Hey skulls - I'm absolutely, adamantly opposed to Beck and Rush, and don't even see what they have to do with this.
When 50 (fifty!) laptops disappear in two robberies over two months, you have to ask what the [fill in expletive of choice] is going on, who had access or tipped off others, and why security was and remained inadequate.
That's not a "loonie reactionary" view. It's plain common sense.
July 19, 2010, 1:34 pm
Joe Image Ruiz from Park Slope says:
I'm born and raised in Park Slope and went to 107 as a child. I'm shocked that anyone would literally deny those kids the opportunity to learn about the future and benefits of technology? Why would you steal from children? The only one who lost are the kids who go to that school. I hope whoever is responsible finds his way to Rykers Island then upstate new york corrections department for several years. Wow are things really that bad that you would rob children of their futures?
July 28, 2010, 11:14 pm
Joe Image Ruiz from Park Slope says:
Here's my number if you know who has anything to do with this robbery please call me I will make sure I get those computers back 347-512-3175 Joe Image Ruiz
July 28, 2010, 11:17 pm

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