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Cleveland Heights Schools End iPad Project After Students Become Targets for Mugging

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 4:19 PM

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Cleveland Heights-University Heights school leaders were really excited about a new project to give every middle school student an iPad. Now the district is ending part of that project after a dozen students were mugged for their iPads.

12-year-old girl was punched by a male teenager who then stole her iPad, Cleveland Heights Patch reports. Two teens assaulted a 13-year-old girl and stole her iPad. Another theft involves a 16-year-old boy who pushed a victim during the theft.

School officials say their students became targets:

It is common knowledge that our middle school students are carrying iPads and they have become targets.  Even though they have the Apple provided tracking system, thieves can disable it in a matter of minutes. This makes the iPad more attractive than the technology we’ve provided in the past. For their safety, we had to take immediate action.

The school district collected the iPads from students on Nov. 19, about a week after the initial assault. Students will still be able to use the iPads in school.

Cleveland Heights Police Chief Jeffery Robertson tells NewsNet5 four people have been arrested in connection with the iPad thefts.


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