I’m not sure what I want out of this thread. Maybe just to tell the story, or hear what other’s think.
My daughter, a senior in high school, was heading to her car around 4:30 yesterday. When she gets near her car, she notices someone in it going through her stuff. She yells something like “hey what are you doing” (she thought it might be a friend, and yes, we talked about better ways to handle this kind of situation). A guy in his late 20s, early 30s, gets out of the car, looks at her and starts walking away. He looks over his shoulder at her and then starts running.
She gets in the car and drives to the front of the school, maybe 100 yards. The principal is standing out front and she tells him she just caught a guy in her car and shows which way he ran. This is the part that bothers me. The principal says to come to his office in the morning and they’ll file a report when the safety officer (an actual cop) is in. He then tells her to park closer in the future.
Am I over reacting to think that when a young girl finds a guy in her car, on school property, and immediately tells the principal, he should have called 911? Maybe if it was some kids, or she got there after the fact I could see waiting (he didn’t get anything as far as we know).
He did call me today along with the safety officer. His reasoning was that the guy already left, the safety officer was already gone, and there would be heavy traffic for the police to deal with. I told him I respectfully disagreed, and that when kids are confronted with adult criminals on school property, the police should be immediately notified. In addition, you might want to tell the parents that there is a guy entering vehicles on school property. Of course, after the fact nothing can be done, but am I off base here?
To be fair, he did call me, was very receptive to my complaints, did not argue with me, and wasn’t a jerk or anything, but I feel he seriously dropped the ball on this one.
What also bugs me is my daughter had a good description, and where the guy ran provided few hiding places.
That’s mainly it. The rest of the story is that I found out about it an hour after it happened (I’m currently working out of state), called the police non-emergency number, was on hold for about 25 minutes, got an officer on the line who was absolultely astonished that no one (including my daughter) called 911. He highly recommened that I complain to the school.
So, there you go. Over reacting parent, or dumbass principal?