BY DAN VALENTI
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, JUNE 1, 2011) — The Planet has learned of an important development in the Mysterious Case of the Missing Prom Money. We assigned our resident house dick, Paul Drake, to snoop around. Drake came back with a gem.
According to reliable sources who insist on anonymity, PPD officer Russ Quetti let several students into Pittsfield High School late Wednesday night last week. How late? So late it turned to Thursday evening (May 25 into 26). Sources says Quetti did this to enable a student prank. Some prank. About $9,000 ended up being pinched from a locked teacher’s desk.
Sources say Quetti gave the students “a few hours and then were told to leave.”
According to sources, “The next day, it was found that two laptop computers and $10,000 was stolen from the senior class account. It seems that some students stayed or re-entered the East Street PHS building after the allotted time give by officer Quetti.”
On Thursday, sources say police were in the building dusting for fingerprints.
Sources say surveillance tape shows several people walking the hallways after the hours set by Quetti. In other words, they were in the building without authorization, which appears to be breaking and entering. The Pittsfield Police Department had no comment. The Pittsfield School Department had no comment.
This information brings to mind the following questions:
* Why did officer Quetti let the students into the building? By doing so, he gave them authorization to be inside. What did the students do while in there? What responsibility does Quetti have for this egregious lapse in judgment? Clearly, he never should have allowed this, senior pranks or no senior pranks. What started as a joke has turned into a serious case involving grand theft, breaking and entering, and who knows what else.
* Sources in the know insist the amount taken was $10,000 or close to it, not the eight something or the nine something reported by the Boring Broadsheet.
* Will the school principal, Tracey Benson, issue a statement. The Planet will be in touch with him and other officials. They will make a big mistake hiding behind “no comment.”
* Is the city trying to keep mum on this because of Benson’s race? Benson is African American, and The Planet has heard though not confirmed that race may have entered into a decision by officials to try to somehow downplay the robbery. Clearly, as principal, Benson also shoulders responsibility. He has championed student freedom, open campus, and other questionable politicies that essentially give unwarranted license to youngsters who do not have the maturity to handle it properly.
This is a developing story and The Planet will be bringing you updates as we learn more.