A burglar stole gardening tools from a backyard shed at Harris Middle School, leaving some students on the North East Independent School District campus heartbroken.
"Anytime something is stolen, it's really disappointing. But when you take from a school, directly from kids, it affects them. It disappoints them,” said Aubrey Chancellor, spokeswoman for NEISD.
Chancellor said students who are members of the school’s gardening club first discovered they were missing the tools during their meeting Monday afternoon.
However, she said it appears the break-in, at the campus in the 5300 block of Knollcreek Drive, actually happened during the weekend.
Chancellor said club members and school district police are still taking inventory, trying to determine exactly what was stolen.
“At this point, they know that a tiller has been taken as well as a tool box and possibly some other equipment,” she said.
Adding a bit of a silver lining to the situation, a community member who heard about the trouble came through for the students Wednesday morning, donating tools to replace some of what they had lost, Chancellor said.
School district police, she said, are currently poring through surveillance video from the campus, looking for clues about the crooks.
In the meantime, anyone who has information about the crime is asked to call the North East ISD at 210-407-0000.