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Electronic devices not worth risking a life, say school police

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Updated: 5/17/2013 7:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- While Metro continues its investigation into the death of a teenager who appears to have been killed for not handing over his iPad, the school district stresses this student's iPad was not from the Clark County School District.

But some parents are still uneasy about children being sent home with expensive iPads.

“It is not worth the risk. It is not worth them to fight over it. It's just an electronic device and I know it’s a gadget but they steal them and they want the money from it. And I don’t think kids should be subjected to that kind of danger for the electronic device,” said parent Laura Liyanage.

The school district has issued more than 7,000 iPads to students and stresses to those students to keep them out of sight when they are going to and from school.

“Put it between a couple of books, make it so it's not visible to the general public as you're walking down the street. We ask that they don't sit at a bus stop and use the iPad at that time; to wait until they get home to start doing their schoolwork on it,” said CCSD police sergeant Mitch Maciszak.

In the case of the student killed Thursday, police say the teen did not let of the device. Sgt. Maciszak says always let go.

“It's property. Their life is not worth a piece of property. Property can be recovered. Your life is more valuable than that piece of product and should you be encountered for something like that, please do not put up a fight, relinquish the property to make sure you are safe. At that time run to a place where you can notify somebody that you were assaulted or robbed of your property,” Maciszak said.

The district says it has ways of tracking down the iPads and often recovers them at pawn shops. So far, less than 100 of the more than 7,000 issued iPads have been stolen from the district.


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