Students Threatened, iPads Stolen

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UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District announced on Thursday that District-purchased iPads were stolen from middle school students on the way home from school.

It happened to more than a dozen students during the last two weeks.

The District said it wanted to raise awareness and take action to protect its students.

A statement from Superintendent Doug Heuer said:

"During the last two weeks, more than a dozen middle school students reported they were stopped on their way home from school, threatened and robbed of their District-purchased iPads.

This news frustrates and outrages us.

Many people know our middle school students carry iPads, making them targets for theft.

We are working – and will continue to work – with the Cleveland Heights, University Heights, and South Euclid Police Departments to see that the individuals who have threatened and stole from our students are apprehended and brought to justice.

We ask all residents to work with us to protect our students and make sure they receive the best education possible. If you hear or see anything, please share what you know with the District and local police authorities. Please help us ensure our students safety and that they have access to technology that will prepare them for the future."

The District would not release other information but said it would provide updates on Friday afternoon.

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