By Mekenzie Burse
Golf Carts are a fast and efficient way for the advisers here at Independence to get to a specific situation faster. If there is a fight on campus, medical emergency (etc), it is easier for the problem to be maintained quicker and correctly rather than running towards it, and being too late.
Mr. Wekesser, one of Independence High School’s advisers says, “One year students took three of them and crashed them deliberately into trees, just to break them.” He also adds, “I started working here just this year, and there has already been 5, maybe even more stolen.” Golf carts are a big part of the staff at Independence, they aren’t supposed to be on campus for student entertainment. If there were no golf carts here, imagine how much longer it would take the advisers to stop fights from getting more physical than they already are, or how much longer it would take them to attend to an medical emergency.
Mr. Berg, when asked who mostly uses the golf carts and how often are they stolen responds with, “We have golf carts for advisers, custodians, kitchen staff which are 3 different areas. We have had several stolen in the last week, thankfully we have recovered them and thankfully our camera system is actually pretty good.” There are cameras surrounding Independence’s campus, which work pretty well. When students steal the golf carts, or anything for that matter, it is definitely an easy task for the staff to figure out who did it.
Mr. Berg also contributes, “If they end up out in the community, we end up getting calls from a business that their left at or SJPD, because often the battery runs out and they're no longer useful.” The stealing of golf carts has gotten way out of hand, when they get stolen, they are usually brought to apartment complexes, or just around the Independence neighborhood.