Mt. Airy elementary school broken into, valuables and electronics stolen

Mt. Airy’s C.W. Henry Elementary School was broken into on Thursday night, according to community members. 

Police were called to the scene around 9 a.m. Friday morning after school officials realized a rear window had been broken into overnight and valuable electronics had been stolen. 

Paula Hanson, the parent of a first-grader at the school, said a TV and computers from the music room were stolen, as well as computers from both first-grade classrooms. iPads that were donated by parents for use by the school’s autistic children were also stolen. 

Community member and former C.W. Henry parent Nick Mulcahy was dismayed by what he called the Philadelphia Police Department “dragging their feet.”

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“[A school] is a sacred place. It’s a very important insitution with children inside of it,” he said. “This to me should be something that the police respond to vigourlously.”

Officer Tanya Little said after police were called to the scene in the morning, a report was handed over to Northwest detectives, who will handle the case. 

Hanson said an effort is already underway by parents and principal Fatima Rogers to appeal for the community’s help in replacing the stolen items. 

The School District of Philadelphia did not respond to inquiries regarding the incident.  

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