Dear Mister Thief . . .

By CRAIG McTEAR

A CLASS of young students has fought back from a devastating break-in at their school.

Mary Help of Christians Year 5W pupils at Toormina have written heartfelt letters addressed to the thieves who stole their data projector last month.

They've sent the letters to us here at the Coffs Coast Advocate in the hope they'll be published, and hopefully prompt the culprits to return this valuable piece of equipment.

The unit had only been installed for a week when the intruders smashed their way into the classroom back on October 21.

"It had been in use every day for that week," teacher Gaby Willoughby said.

"We'd been waiting 12 months for it to come to our school.

"When the kids arrived at school the next day, I told them what had happened. They were just devastated."

Their sadness soon turned to anger, and they decided to pen letters to the culprits to tell them how they felt.

"What they really didn't want was for it to happen to other classes, or at other schools," Mrs Willoughby said.

"I was really proud of the letters. I think because the kids got their feelings down in writing, it's certainly helped them.

"We also kind of feel a bit sorry for the robbers. It's been a mix of emotions."



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