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Thieves break into Lincoln, stealing 150,000 dollars worth of MacBooks

By: Zev Curiel-Friedman

 


Despite the protective carts costing $3,000 each, he thieves broke them with relative ease.

 

 

While all faculty and students were enjoying a four day weekend due to the Chinese New Year and Presidents Day, burglars broke into Lincoln and walked away clean with 106 MacBooks. The break-in occurred during the long weekend, with the thieves entering into either room 21B or C though the basement window and ravaging the carts in 21A, 21B, and 21C before waking away with the computers, worth an estimated value of 150,000 dollars. They did this with relative ease, despite the security systems in place. The 3000 dollar protective cases were pried open, and all 101 cameras were avoided. The thieves were able to avoid triggering a single alarm.

Just one week later the thieves broke in again, this time targeting the New Building. On Feb. 23rd, a Friday evening after all janitorial staff went home, the group of thieves jumped over the gate between the blacktop and the New Building and cut the chain locking the gate with bolt cutters to get in, seemingly just to scope out the area the night before they would actually break into the classroom.

         The following day, Lily Mock, substitute teacher and manager of the student store, found the chain cut and replaced it, notifying Vice Principal Tagomori but thinking not too much of it.

Unfazed, the following night the thieves returned, and despite the new chain again jumped and cut their way into the school. On Saturday night they broke into Shamira Gratch’s room, NB 2, after cracking the glass on the door, and proceeding to break into the laptop case by making an incision into the top of the cart and pulling up the handle with a hook.

However, instead of MacBooks they found Chromebooks, and left them alone. While possibly looking for other computers, the thieves were chased out of the building by what, upon further review of the the security cameras, was a raccoon.

Gratch surmised that the computers in her room could possibly have been left alone due to the value of them. On the open market MacBooks go for around 1,200 dollars, while Chromebooks only go for around 250 dollars.

Due to how meticulously the thievery was planned, Gratch also speculated that the break in was planned by someone with knowledge of the school and which computers are in which classrooms saying, “If you think about it, they only broke into rooms that had, or previously had MacBooks in them.”

All  6 of the classrooms that have been broken into this year have all had MacBook computers in them.

Tagomori said that in response to the incidents, Lincoln will be adding auxiliary cameras and sensors around the school, along with purchasing higher grade security carts.

       Additionally, a CSI team has been hired to investigate further into the matter. The team, spearheaded by Lincoln alumnus and SRO officer Wayne Lok, gathered finger and footprints along with other forensics at the scene. Due to the large amount of students that had touched the cases the fingerprints were rendered useless. However a footprint outside of the 21b window was found, and, after being tracked by serial number, a stolen MacBook was found being sold online.

       Despite these findings though, there are still no real leads on who could have committed the crime.

    Although the break-ins were a big blow to the Lincoln community, Tagomori is still looking on the bright side, saying, “At least it wasn't any human beings, it was only things. I am glad that at least no one got hurt, everyone is physically safe, and that's most important.”

    If anyone has any information on the incident they are urged to come forth.

 

Revoking TPS help to immigrants is unconstitutional

By: Manuel Diaz

 


Immigrant workers protest the termination of TPS.

 

People migrate to safer places by nature. People that find themselves in unsafe situations seek help by nature, a lot like the Salvadoran earthquake 17 years ago. Salvadorans were given amnesty, work permits, and refuge due to this natural catastrophe. People of all ages have created what they would call a better life, thanks to the resources and opportunities available in the US tanks to the help granted by the government.

The Trump administration has put themselves to the task of revoking this help. The Temporary Protection Status (TPS) has helped people from all kinds of backgrounds who were caught up on the 7.6 earthquake 60 miles off of San Miguel, El Salvador. The protection status was given to any Salvadoran citizen who requested it once they entered the US. News outlets, such as Fox News, suspect that immigrants from El Salvador have used this situation as an excuse to legally stay in the US. The TPS benefited people of all ages and from four countries (El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan), compared to DACA which specifically helped immigrants who entered the country between  the ages of 12-17.

The SFUSD community has been taking steps to inform parents and students affected by this government decision. A free legal consultation was held at MIssion High School for anyone affected by the TPS redaction and immigrants under the constant fear of deportation. On Saturday, February 17th, around two hundred students and parents showed up.The parents who showed up, on the most part, were worried about their safety in the country and what they could do to help themselves.

A concerned father of a Lincoln student who attended the event, but did not want to share his name, spoke with me regarding the topic. As he held his daughter in his arms, he told me how lucky he felt to have had his family with him for all this time. He felt like he could get his life together after all he had been through up until the presidential elections of 2017. He migrated to the US January 2001 at 17 years of age.

Civil organizations protest that terminating the TPS is "unconstitutional" because it violates the rights of American children who have to decide if they should leave with their deported parents or stay in the United States without them. Ten immigrants and five americans from San Francisco; all benefiting from TPS presented a lawsuit against the Trump administration as an attempt to stop the termination of the service.

The lawsuit is a complaint against the cancellation of TPS for immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan. The suing organizations consider that the Trump administration adopted  "a new and too limited interpretation of the federal law that governs the TPS". The lawsuit was presented to the San Francisco federal court by the civil organization American Civil Liberties Union, and by the law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

These organizations are arguing it is not right to take working parents away from their kids and that kids shouldn’t have to decide whether they want to stay in the country without their parents or leave to a new country with less opportunities and help.

As an immigrant myself, I can tell my parents have been through a living hell just getting to this country, and raising the five of us away from what they know. Away from a poor, not so well educated system, into one that discriminates and degrades different people. A system with people that want to “Make America great again” by getting rid of kid’s families. This is not how you make a great country, this is how you make a country that fears its own government and wind up hating the very people we’re supposed to trust and rely on to keep us safe.

 

The Special Olympics

By: Daroya McAlister

 


Everyone has a great time at Special Olympics.

 

On March 6th, 2018, Lincoln held the Special Olympics, which was created to explore the children's skills in a variety of sports and physical activities.

“I’m passionate about the Special Olympics because it’s a movement. It’s bringing to light this marginalized group and using sports as a vehicle to include them,” said Sasha Trope.

    The Peer Resource students were paired up with one of the students with intellectual disabilities.  I was paired up with with the gorgeous Flora who wore two pigtails and turquoise eyeshadow. The first activity was the Bucket Toss activity. Flora got scared and the adults knew it frightened her so we brought the game to her until she got comfortable. Then we went to the next Bowling activity. While Flora was participating in the six stations; Bowling, Basketball, Soccer, Agility Course, Basket Toss, and Just for Fun, Flora was smiling and laughing, motivated by food. While going through all the stations, Flora was trying her hardest, and no matter if she made the ball into the basket, knocked down the pins in bowling, or even kicked the soccer ball into the goal we cheered for her and the rest of the youth.

    “It’s not what I expected. I thought they were going to try and give up but no, they were very determined to win the game,” said 10th grader Chanice Duncan.

At the end of the event, I realized that people with moderate to severe intellectual disabilities aren't different from the general education students. They work to the best of their abilities just like most successful athletes and students do.

 

Drama Club is at risk of losing its main source of income

By: Gordan Liang

 


Most of Drama Club's income comes from tickets.

 

Earlier this school year, SFUSD banned the charging for PE uniforms due to their new education code prohibiting schools from charging for materials, supplies, equipment or uniforms associated with an educational activity. Now SFUSD is attempting to ban the charging of tickets to school productions on similar grounds. Three meetings have been held in attempts to find a compromise between SFUSD and the schools.

 

If this new prohibition passes, Drama Club will have to make a lot of drastic changes. Ticket sales are the Drama Club’s main source of income. Around 70-80% of ticket sales are student sales. Play/musical productions that the Drama Club puts on often don’t make profit either. In fact, the Drama Club lost money from doing this years production of “Sweet Charity”.

 

Elaine Walenta, the Drama Club teacher, says that without the money from student sales there certainly won’t be any more musicals. Last year, the Drama Club lost money from doing a production of “As You Like It.” Ticket prices help offset the cost of sets, costumes, lights, props, makeup, hair, posters, programs, tickets, royalties and more.

 

The Drama Club has already started to discuss potential compromises with SFUSD. Potential compromises that were discussed include allowing students to reserve 20 free tickets online, hosting a free show where any student may go in for free, setting up a similar policy to the one in place for free lunches, or going back to donations like they did last year in Spring.

 

So far, three meetings have been held in which students spoke about this issue. During the first first board meeting on January 23rd, the school board decided to table the issue. During the second board meeting on February 13th, the school board decided to send the policy to the rules committee.

 

During the Rules Committee meeting on March 5th, the Student Advisory Council proposed a survey be created to determine whether there’s a financial impact from ticket purchases. The survey will then be used for the next rules committee meeting.

 

Two main arguments are in play relating to this issue. The first is that the school board will not provide alternative funding if this policy gets passed which, according to Walenta, prevents equal access. Equal access is the main objective of the new policy. The second argument is the fact that the policy does not prevent students from being charged to attend sports games. Board Policy 6145. states, “To ensure that all students have equitable access to educational extracurricular and cocurricular activities, students shall not be charged a fee to attend student performances, recitals or exhibitions of student work except that students may be charged a fee to attend student athletic competitions.”

 

On January 29, 2018, the Student Advisory Council suggested a change to this policy. The change addresses the second argument regarding the exclusion of student athletic competitions in this policy.

 

The suggested revisions states, “District staff shall collaborate with the Student Advisory Council (SAC) to develop administrative regulations to ensure that all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have equitable access to all extracurricular and cocurricular activities (including athletics, student performances, recitals and exhibitions).”

 

There are many sides to this policy. Chloe Wong, a Sophomore member of the Lincoln Drama Club says, “I am in Drama and I do not want this policy to go forward, but at the same time they did say a couple of very valid points that I do agree with as well.”      

 

The next Rules Committee Meeting is on May 7th.