By Graham Rosen and Shian Omar | Copy Editor and Features Editor
Sophomore Haoran Jiang’s artwork went missing on Feb. 27 when it was taken from Ms. Becky Keeton’s art room. The piece had been turned in the previous day, but was gone by the next morning.
“Haoran had turned his project in, and it was locked in my office the night before,” Ms. Keeton said. “So in the morning I graded and wrote his comments on the rubric. Thank goodness I took a digital image of it, which I always do of all of the advanced kids’ work.”
The artwork disappeared after spending time hung up on a wire grid in the art room.
“So I hung his up there with some other ones, and I guess it was about 7:30-7:45 and I locked my door,” Ms. Keeton said. “But, the two art rooms connect. So, when I came back at 8:45 the artwork was gone.”
Haoran and his parents took several measures to get the artwork back. This included posters and rewards for returning the artwork. School Resource Officer Geary Pierce and principal Philip Bates were informed of the theft.
“We talked to Officer Pierce, and I had three kids who were sitting in there and working at the time,” Ms. Keeton said. “His mom came up and discussed something with Mr. Bates and Officer Pierce.”
Other students in the same advanced art class were upset by the thievery.
“It was upsetting to see such a nice piece of work be stolen the way it was,” junior Emily Halligan said. “I just don’t understand why it was taken and who took it.”