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Where in the school were the tools? Were they inside?
yes tools were inside the shop at the time .
Do you know how they were vandalized? Do you know if the shop had a history of vandalism?
The tool box was beaten up with a ball pean hammer and was forced open.I asked the shop teacher if the shop had ever had this happen before and he said no.
The tool box was locked and was verified to be locked by scool security officer.
That is a problem. Legally, the school's liability is severely limited by the criminal act of another person. The only way around that is if they knew the premises had a history or burglaries, etc., but did nothing to protect the contents, or, at a minimum, warn the people. But, under most circumstances, the school has a defense that the damage was caused by the criminal acts of a 3rd party, and that they should not be liable.
So what do I do about bringing in another set of tools if I cant be guaranteed that this wont happen again
Is it possible to take the tools home every night?
No, you are talking about a roll away box with a 8 drawer chest.I also live about 20 miles away from the school.
It is very unlikely that they will sign anything to guarantee the safety of the tools. They probably don't want that kind of liability. Have you looked into insuring them?
I have not looked into insuring them,even if I do that is more money on top of the $800.00 I am already out.
Insurance on something $800 would not be very expensive, but yes, you would be out more money. I know it isn't ideal, but I can tell you that the school is not going to be liable, based on what you've said. You will have to take matters into your own hands if you want to protect yourself against more theft.
I'm sorry for the bad news, but I have to give honest answers. If I didn't, you could pursue what would likely be a fruitless lawsuit, which could cost you hundreds of dollars.
What gets me is that if the schools tools or equipment had been stolen they probably have insurance to cover there loss.
Their insurance most likely only covers their property.
So basically I am screwed.
I don't think you can sue the school for the cost of the tools. So, to be blunt, yes.
I appreciate your time.Thanks Kevin
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All set Thanks