Theft: Dealing with Classroom Theft at School
Methods for classroom theft:
have every single student sit down and write on a piece of paper either "I am not guilty of stealing the necklace" or "I am guilty of stealing the necklace" and write and sign the paper on the bottom.
Possibly, I would have them write "I know who did this" or "I do not know who did this" too. I would say that the responses would be completely confidential, and that no one else in the class would know.
That would have been a better way to handle it because it wouldn't have put the spotlight on the potential thief. While an adult might just own up to something under intense pressure, I'm thinking a kid probably won't.
The other thing that I am going to do during the next class is have the kids write letters about the incident with some sort of writing prompt about if they've ever lost anything or had it stolen, what it was, and how they felt. Something like that.