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Criminals will target students' school-issued iPads

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Jury selection took place Monday in the trial of two men charged in the robbery of a student that turned deadly.

In 2013, according to police, 15-year-old Marcos Arenas was walking to school when two men in a car tried to take his iPad from him.

The teen wouldn’t let go, and he was run over. The men then fled.

Suspects Michael Solid and Jacob Dismont pleaded not guilty to murder, robbery and conspiracy charges. Their trial will continue on Tuesday.

The new school year begins in one week, and more students than ever carry valuables like iPads and other electronic devices.

“If you’re walking home or to and from your bus stop, never walk alone. Be with other students. Also, be aware of your surroundings. It’s easy to be on our phones and looking down, but we need to be aware of our surroundings,” Clark County School District spokeswoman Melinda Malone said. 

During the last school year, the Clark County School District reported dozens of incidents in which items were stolen or lost. Many of those items were iPads and cellphones.

“We are talking to our kids, we are having conversations, especially since we’re the ones issuing an electronic device. It’s important to keep that dialogue - make sure you’re aware of your surroundings. Kids are doing a great job,” Malone said.

Thanks to a grant, over the last five years 12 local middle schools have been able to obtain iPads for student use. Students are allowed to check the devices out and take them home.

Officer Larry Hadfield, with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said the trial could open dialogue.

“This is the perfect opportunity to really speak to your kids about the way they walk to school. In today’s society, you watch people walking down the street not paying attention to one single thing,” Hadfield said.

Police and CCSD officials said that if your child is confronted or attacked over an electronic device, he or she should not fight back. 

“Their child getting injured is not worth the price of a cellphone or technology. The value of life outweighs the value of anything we have technology-wise or monetarily,” Hadfield said.

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