Father & daughter donate iPads to OB school

Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 22:22:28-05

An Ocean Beach school for special needs children received a much-needed gift Friday when a local businessman donated eight new iPads to replace some of the ones stolen on Sunday night.

LaDarien LaBlue, who is also a 10News computer engineer, saw the report about the iPad thefts at Pioneer Day School and said, "I thought it was really disturbing."

LaBlue shared the story with his 9-year-old daughter Jordyn.

"I think it was really mean to do that," said the fourth-grader from Highland Ranch Elementary School.

That's when Jordyn asked her dad if she could donate her own iPad to the school, which focuses solely on children and teens with special needs.

RELATED: 15 iPads stolen from special needs students who use the tablets to communicate

"Now that I have what I need, I want them to have what they need," said Jordyn.

"For a 9-year-old to say that, I knew my daughter had a heart of gold and she is very kind-hearted, but that just set it off for me," said La Blue.

LaBlue co-owns Shurphire Technologies, an IT and computer repair business. He contacted his distributor, Evertek, about quickly getting the iPads.

"When I told them about the story, they were so happy to do it," said LaBlue.

On Friday, father and daughter delivered the iPads to the Pioneer Day School together.

"I had to take a moment to not cry to be honest with you," said Pioneer Day School Executive Director Jim Leiner.

Leiner told 10News it's incredible to see a young girl with such a big heart. He also gave a lot of credit to LaBlue.

"What a great, great way to model for his child and he was beaming with pride, you could just tell," said Leiner.

Others have stepped in to help the school as well. A Los Angeles family is even donating a security system for the school to install.