From Wellesley School Superintendent Bella Wong on the recent jewelry project and material thefts at Wellesley Middle School (See WMS hit with jewelry heist):
Dear Middle School Families and Staff,
I am writing about the recent ongoing security issues at the Wellesley Middle School. Some of you have also written to express concerns. These concerns are absolutely justified in light of the fact we have been subject to several varied incidents of theft these past months. All of us in the Central Office and Middle School have been deeply troubled by each instance and have been frustrated by the incessant recurrence. While any of these losses has been difficult, loss of staff and student personal items has been particularly distressing.
Our reporting of the facts of these events has been conservative to support the investigation and resolution of this ongoing issue. We have been working closely with the Wellesley Police Department, and I very much appreciate the commitment of support, time and expert guidance they have given us. They are as frustrated by these incidents as we are.
Several steps have been taken to improve security in the building since the initial theft was discovered and reported. However, recent acts of theft have circumvented some of these measures, resulting in destruction to as well as loss of property. At this time, I strongly encourage that students and staff do not leave unsecured items of value in the school overnight. I also suggest, unfortunately, that even items that might be secured in school be taken home at the end of a school day if reasonable to do so.
Jamie Chisum and I will continue to keep you apprised. However, please do not hesitate to forward any questions you may have, and we will do our best to address your concerns.
Sincerely, Bella Wong