Attack on Charter….The Anime Dance Theft Story By: Mack Jastle
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s official. A new criminal has joined the Forrest Bird wanted list.
On Monday, March 7th, Holly Walker took the microphone at announcements to deliver the news about the Anime Dance, originally planned for Friday, March 11th. Put on by the Anime club, the dance would have Japanese and American music, and would have been DJ’d by students.
On March 4th (a Friday EAD), Holly’s room and desk were broken into, and all the money collected thus far from ticket sales was taken. In response to the theft, the Anime Dance was cancelled, and Holly has since stepped down as manager of events for the anime club. According to reports, several tickets had been sold already, and there was about $30 collected from those ticket sales.
Many student around campus have expressed their dismay at the cancelling of the dance. A lot of students are angry that the money was stolen, and are a little fed up with this kind of stuff happening.
Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve had instances of thievery or even vandalism on campus. Last year, during the Piggy Hunt, someone snuck into the office and stole every single prize bag of Skittles. While this wasn’t quite as serious as student’s hard earned money being stolen, this was dozens of bags of Skittles™ being stolen. This isn’t any basic package of M&M’s that were talking about. It’s sweet, delicious sugary goodness in all the colors of the rainbow.
Wait, what was I talking about? Oh, right, thievery most foul.
And we’ve had our fair share of other incidents too. Last year, the school grappled with the efforts of the vigilante known as the ‘Phantom Pisser,’ so named for his scent marking of the boys’ bathroom. This culminated in an incredibly awkward gender advisory, after which he was never spotted again.
Considering this past history, it isn’t like this is something we haven’t seen before. But it is still strange. What possible reason would someone have to break into Holly’s desk and steal the money? It doesn’t really jive with the school’s philosophy of thou shalt not steal thine neighbor’s cash.
Regardless of the reasoning, it seems like a pretty petty thing to do. Stealing money that students put into an event is really low, especially when someone else now has to pay back all of that money. Holly had taken on the mantle of paying back those students that had bought tickets, and that money is coming out of her own pocket.
The Anime Dance would have filled the gap for dances this trimester, considering the fact that Student Council didn’t host one for 2nd trimester. However, now students will have to wait till third trimester for prom.
Hopefully, this will mark a new turning point in our school’s history, one where we no longer vandalize or steal from each other. Then maybe we can finally put on that Border Rave dance I keep hearing about.