Senior Thomas Surratt cannot deny his geeky passion for Magic: The Gathering, a collectible card game akin to Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon.
He and his friends can be seen congregated in the cafeteria or Reckling Gymnasium, fanning hands of cards in front of their poker faces. The hands consist not of Jacks, Kings, Queens, or Aces—but of Krosan Tusker, Ghost Council of Gorhova, and Akroma, Angel of Furry.
Surratt’s Magic collection, approximately six hundred total, cost a fortune: $500.
That’s an iPhone
That’s a night at a luxurious hotel.
That’s a date to homecoming and prom with extra for breakfast in the morning.
During the Fish Week festivities, Surratt placed his $500 worth of magicians and spells on a cafeteria table and returned to find it gone.
This was no act of magic.
Unfortunately, theft is a problem at any high school. Attending an elite Catholic school that prides itself in a spirit of brotherhood, students may expect theft to be rare, nonexistent even. Such is not always the case, as Surratt learned.
It is not wise for a student to bring a costly possession to school for risk of losing it, but when he needs to, he should not have to fear that the jerk sitting beside him in D Period will filch it and chuck it into the women’s restroom.
The class of ’12 ought to set an example for the underclassmen, especially as they are being initiated into the school community. They ought to encourage the underclassmen to act like men of integrity, not Ocean’s Eleven.
It is simple: If you see litter on the floor, throw it away. If you pass an open locker, close it. If you find someone else’s possessions, turn them in to the lost and found, located in the Attendance Office.