Jr. High Asst. Principal Forgets Bag Containing 3.8 Million Yen of Students’ Money at Post Office; After Bag’s Disappearance, Search Underway

Jr. High Asst. Principal Forgets Bag Containing 3.8 Million Yen of Students’ Money at Post Office; After Bag’s Disappearance, Search Underway
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中学教頭、380万円入りバッグ置き忘れる
October 5, 2011

Chiba Prefecture Sodegaura City announced on the 4th that Shōwa Junior High School’s (public, 481 students) Assistant Principal (male, 52) left a bag containing 3.8 million yen, including payments for school lunch money, at the post office, after which it was lost. The Kisaradzu Police Department considers the case a theft and is searching for the bag.

According to the announcement, at 1:50 PM on the 3rd, a male assistant principal put the students’ cash payments for lunch and after-school activities into a hand-carry bag and left the school to transfer the money at the local bank branch. At about 2:25, he left the bag in a corner of the post office’s private-use ATM station. When he returned to school at about 3:00, he realized he’d forgotten about the bag. He called the post office, but the bag, which also contained the 6-digit code for the bank account used for the transfer, was already gone.

The City Board of Education announced that “in order to prevent this from happening again, from now on, when cash is carried out of a school, multiple teachers must take it together.”

Original/原稿:
中学教頭、380万円入りバッグ置き忘れる

 千葉県袖ケ浦市は4日、市立昭和中学校(生徒481人)の男性教頭(52)が、市内の郵便局に給食費など約380万円入りの手提げバッグを置き忘れ、紛失したと発表した。木更津署は窃盗事件として捜査している。

 発表によると、男性教頭は3日午後1時50分頃、生徒から集めた給食費や校外学習の積立金など約380万円を手提げバッグに入れ、近くの信用金庫の口座に振り込むために外出。同2時25分頃、私用で立ち寄った郵便局のATM(現金自動預け払い機)コーナーにバッグを置き忘れたという。学校に戻った同3時頃、忘れたことに気がつき、郵便局に電話したが、すでにバッグはなくなっていた。バッグには振り込み用の通帳6通も入っていた。

 同市教育委員会は、「今後このような事態を起こさないよう、現金を持ち歩く際には、複数の職員で対応する」とコメントした。
(2011年10月5日15時06分 読売新聞)

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