Photo illustration by Ciro Gonzalez

The case of the missing knee brace

Photo illustration by Ciro Gonzalez
Photo illustration by Ciro Gonzalez

Friday, September 21, 2013 was a dark day for the students of MC.  Students may have noticed the number of police officers roaming the halls, or they may have felt the large amount of tension in the air while they walked to class, with expressions of guilt plastered on their faces. There was one reason for this feeling: the missing knee brace.

A student’s very expensive and important knee brace had gone missing, and this catastrophe was taken very seriously, starting with a shocking announcement.

When the intercom crackled on during first period and Principal Magno began to speak, a look of confusion could be seen on many students’ faces. An uproar occurred within the classes, causing the students to question why someone would challenge the supreme authority of Magno and take the things that do not belong to them.

“Who would do such a thing?” sophomore Isabella Cotten said. “It is outrageous that an item would go missing. Students should know what is theirs and what is not.”

However, when the students of MC returned to the scene of the crime on Monday, a sense of relief could be seen in the manner of the staff on campus, allowing the tension to diminish.

“I felt like the seriousness that all my teachers had on Friday had dissipated by Monday,” Cotton said.

This relief was a result of the email sent out by Principal Magno on that day.

“After asking for students to return the expensive knee brace last Friday, it showed up by lunch time,” the email said. “That is the Sundevil Way in action. Now if we could get them not to take it in the first place we would be in great shape. Baby steps!”

Luckily, a minimal amount of detective work was needed to solve the mystery of the missing knee brace.

“We asked in the morning, and it was back by lunch,” Magno said. “I don’t know where or how it got back, but it got back.”

However students are beginning to question the safety of their objects in school.

“That knee brace is expensive, and still no one hesitated to steal it,” Cotten said. “How safe are my things in this school?”

Staff and students feel that this despicable case of thievery is unacceptable, leaving the students to remember their lifetime lesson of not to steal.

“It is something that we have learned since kindergarten,” Magno said. “If it isn’t yours, leave it alone. And if we can’t do that by high school, then we have an issue.”

Even the security staff members on campus feel the same way about thievery.

“Don’t touch it if it isn’t yours, Coach Enriquez said. “Do the right thing.”

The question remains of which student was behind this dastardly deed and took the knee brace? Or was it even stolen in the first place?

“All I know is that the brace was returned,” Magno said. “Hopefully now it won’t get taken, hidden, or moved in the first place.”

Written by Morgan Lanyon

Morgan is a senior at Mt. Carmel High School. She is kept constantly busy with varsity field hockey, Hebrew school, swim team, and being the co-Editor in Chief of the MC Sun. She has a problem with watching too much TV, and eating an excessive amount of snacks. She knows the lyrics to practically every Billy Joel song, and doesn't care who knows. She also knows about most celebrities, and can answer your questions almost as fast as the internet.

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