$14,000 for school, extracurricular activities stolen from principal’s car

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  • Chris B Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 6, 2013 9:56 a.m.


    I thought the same thing. Clearly he is a conservative. Taking personal responsibility for your actions is a theme we rarely see on the left.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    My Dad was a high school principal...every time that I was with him when he had school funds we went first to the bank and then home. I'm grateful that he was so wise in adhering to policy. Even if it was late, after a basketball game, we'd hit the bank first and the night deposit box. I feel badly for this principal but he should have stuck to policy and he'd not be in this mess.

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 3:15 p.m.

    I know after some incidences at Timpview and Lone Peak HS's that coaches and teachers are monitored like no other.. If they collect money they are told to call the principal and get the money deposited in their safe or wherever it should go THAT VERY NIGHT. They have been told by no uncertain terms to store money in their personal cars etc. let alone in their school offices which ideally are secure. I hope that some mercy with discipline will be applied to the next coach that might accidentally slip up on this matter. I commend Mr. Haslem for taking culpability for violating policy and also being willing to take money out of his own pocket to make restitution. But what is fair for principals should also be fair for teachers and coaches.

  • riverofsun St.George, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    Numerous newsworthy incidents happening in the southwestern SLC cities and schools.
    This sad story has also gone nationwide.
    Maybe his dog ate the money?

  • Redshirt1701 Deep Space 9, Ut
    Aug. 13, 2013 11:11 a.m.

    Too bad there are not more people like this principal. He realized that he broke a rule, and has volunteered to repay the school for all the funds that cannot be recovered.

    He didn't blame anybody for his mistake.

    He has accepted the punishment being handed out by the district.

    While he made a mistake, just look at the honor and character of this man who not only accepts his mistake, but is doing all he can to repay the lost money. This will cost him between $6,000 and $14,000.

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Aug. 13, 2013 9:34 a.m.

    DN readers are getting more opportunities to discuss "people in high places" and their problems with issues of good judgement.
    How did some of these folks get there?
    Common sense dismissed?

  • Pilot70 Orem, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 7:43 a.m.

    When I first saw this story appear in the media, there was a barrage of comments blasting the principal for his 'stupidity' or 'thievery.' I couldn't believe that there was such a mob ready to electronically crucify this man and his character, but not one person condemned the selfish act of theft itself. Some people are even accusing the principal of theft, when there is no evidence of this and the man is going to pay it back himself.

    Our society is far too quick to condemn others out of hypocrisy and spite. The money can be replaced, but the damage to a good person's reputation through venom and gossip is not so easily repaired.

  • Timp South Jordan, UT
    Aug. 13, 2013 4:15 a.m.

    I hope they investigate this a little further because the "most likely" scenario is either:

    1. Someone knew there was money in there and targeted his care (raising the question of who could have known, because likely not that many people)

    2. The principal faked/arranged/participated in the break-in of the car to pocket the money.

    Obviously this could just a be a horribly unlucky coincidence that the one night he leaves 14k his car randomly gets broken into (or the burglars saw the envelope and took a guess what that showed).... but that would entail the following to all take place the same time. I'm just a little skeptical that someone "forgot" they left 14k cash/checks in a car. Who would reasonably not worry about where they were lugging around 14k. Who would even leave their wallet visible in their parked car let alone 14k? and on that one night the car gets broken into??

  • RickH Blaine, WA
    Aug. 12, 2013 10:06 p.m.

    A very costly mistake and a totally unnecessary one.

    This is exactly why school districts provide business in service EVERY YEAR to school administrators, and every year the advice is ignored.

    Perhaps this unfortunate incident can serve as a wake up call to other school administrators who think that business rules are only there to inconvenience them.

  • CP Tooele, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 9:01 p.m.

    Looks like this principal is paying some costly consequences, I'm sure he regrets not depositing it that very day instead of leaving that big amount of cash in the car. And this didn't happen on school grounds either. I remember him saying that very statement in a recent incident involving Granger High.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Aug. 12, 2013 7:24 p.m.

    Okay, there was lots of snarkiness when the gun rights guy had a gun stolen out of the care in his driveway, claiming only idiots left anything of value in their cars.

    Every person should have a reasonable expectation of security for items in their vehicles, be it a gun, school registration fees, a stereo, or a road map.

    Let's all unite to condemn and track down the criminals who break into vehicles and steal anything at all. Rudy Guiliana's "broken windows" approach of going after small time criminals was very effective in dramatically cutting the number of major crimes as well. It is time that we in Utah demand the same. Enforce ALL of our laws, and don't allow the cops or prosecutors to ignore the small crimes because they are a lot of work to prosecute. Bust the crooks now and you won't have as many big crimes later.