15 iPads stolen from special needs students

Posted at 5:46 PM, Feb 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-02 00:52:03-05

San Diego police are looking into the theft of 15 iPads from a special needs school in Ocean Beach.

"It's unimaginable. It's so infuriating," said Pioneer Day School speech therapist Brittany Warnke.

Warnke told 10News her students use the tablets to speak, and she added, "It's really devastating because it's taking these kids' voices away from them."

According to police, someone kicked in the doors to the school Sunday night and ran away with the iPads. Officers took pictures of the school and dusted for fingerprints on Monday.

Pioneer Day School Executive Director Jim Leiner said the school is already on a shoestring budget.

"The biggest challenge right now is helping the students who essentially had their words stolen," he said.

Warnke said about 35 of the school's 45 students use the iPads to communicate about 80 percent of the day.

She was calm, but angry, when she spoke to 10News Monday.

"It's really, really, just kind of disgusting," she said.