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Air Conditioning Crime

Most Tulsa Public School students will be heading back to cool classrooms, despite dozens of air conditioning unit thefts.
7 schools had a total of 39 air conditioning units were stolen from them. Many schools have installed new security measures like fences, locks, and security cameras.

The district spent $150,000 to get new units for each site of which insurance does not cover.
Teachers don’t have to be in class until August 18th, but say early visits on their own were warm.

“We actually did have to come in the room a couple of times and it was very hot, so I couldn’t imagine the kids having to be in here with the weather being what it is in Tulsa right now,” said TPS Teacher Yashika Henderson.

About half a dozen remaining air conditioners will go in this week. School starts August 23rd.

“We need to cool those kids down. They need to be able to walk in that building and learn the first day they are there,” said TPS Maintenance Manager Connie Pounds.

Police say the air conditioner units are stolen for the copper inside. Campus police are increasing patrols.

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