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Carver High School reports dozens of laptops stolen

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Dozens of computers at a local high school are missing.  Police are investigating the disappearance of at least $23,000 worth of laptops at George Washington Carver.

It's one of only five schools across the state who received money from a $1.3 million federal grant in 2010 that funded the purchase of these laptops.

The computers are specially designed for learning institutions to handle the wear and tear that young people may place on them. Each one is valued at $800.

A recent inventory has shown that at least 28 of the Lenovo Netbooks have gone missing.

Students tell News Leader 9 the school usually keeps a close eye on these valuable electronics.

Melissa Alexander, a Carver High student, said if you lose your laptop, "you get a new one but you're not allowed to bring it home and you have to pay it back by senior year."

 "I've been told we have a tracking device on the Netbooks, so if it's stolen it can be tracked down," said student, Destiny Elliott.

Students said they're taught to treat the laptops with care, otherwise they'll face a visit to the principal's office.

"I know a couple kids dropped theirs during school, and Mr. Lindsey, he doesn't like that.  He gets really, really mad," said Alexander.

The exact times and methods by which all of the laptops went missing is unknown, but at least one computer was stolen as recently as yesterday.

A student reported setting her laptop near the bleachers in gym class and it was taken when she wasn't looking.

School officials note that these 28 laptops are only the most recently reported incidents and do not represent the total number of laptops that have gone missing since they were purchased.

Even though a seemingly large amount of computers have disappeared all at once, administrators said a certain number of losses should be expected when a student body the size of Carver High is taking the laptops to and from their homes.  They characterize their overall retention rate as still being high.

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