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Calculators stolen from teacher a week before school starts

Posted at 10:17 PM, Aug 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-04 22:17:12-04

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Austin Hardy teaches statistics at Fort Myers High School. Last week he ordered thirty calculators for the new school year starting next week. But he said the calculators never showed up, which made him think someone stole them.

He said altogether the calculators cost more than $400, and he bought them for the students who can’t get them on their own.

“My students need them. A lot of times, they either don’t have the money to get them or they just don’t have the time,” he said.

Hardy said a stats class without calculators can be a nightmare for a teacher just one week before school starts. So he started posting flyers around his apartment building asking for neighbors’ help to track them down.

He said the UPS tracking showed the box of calculators was delivered on Thursday and neighbors told Fox 4 they even saw the box sitting on Hardy’s front door. But when he got home, he said it wasn’t here.

He said his students’ futures are on the line.

“We’re trying to prepare them for college, and also do some SAT work. And a lot of that is on the calculator,” he said.

He said he didn’t get the police involved, hoping whoever has the calculators will do the right thing.

“Put em back. You don’t need to say anything. Just drop them off, and I’m perfectly happy with that!” He said.