Banora Point High School principal June Rogan and special education head teacher Deborah Johnson are appalled at the theft of a student’s mobility scooter.
Banora Point High School principal June Rogan and special education head teacher Deborah Johnson are appalled at the theft of a student’s mobility scooter.

Cruel thieves have Karime in tears

A STUDENT suffering from cerebral palsy has had his $3000 mobility scooter stolen from Banora Point High School.

Sometime after 7pm on Tuesday at least two people broke into the school's special education building, stealing equipment and medicines.

The thieves forced an external door then used a pair of ankle-foot braces to break windows in order to gain entry into another three rooms.

The braces also belong to a student suffering cerebral palsy.

Police have confirmed it would have taken more than one person to lift Karime Bayliss' 70kg mobility scooter over the school's fence.

Special education head teacher Deborah Johnson was sickened by the break-in.

"It's easy to see, when you walk in here, that it is a building designed for special education kids," she said.

"Karime's wheelchair was custom-made for him and cost almost $3000.

"It took his mother two years of applying for grants and funding to finally get this wheelchair that he needs to move around.

"Now some lowlife has taken off with it."

Ms Johnson said both Karime and his mother, Meredith, were devastated by the loss.

"Meredith was just furious and then she just broke down," she said.

"Karime cried for two periods (of school)."

Principal June Rogan said she simply wanted the scooter returned.

"Bring it back.

"This kid needs it, it's not a toy, it's an essential aid," she said.

Ms Rogan said Karime's friends had offered to push Karime in a regular wheelchair, however despite their kind hearts the situation was a safety issue and couldn't continue.

Police are continuing their investigation and have appealed for the people responsible to return the wheelchair to the family in desperate need.

"Bring it back, this kid needs it, it's not a toy, it's an essential aid."



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