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I have this key ring that is very expensive, and I realised that it had been stolen because I came into the classroom but it wasn't there. It was my favourite toy.
please tell me what to do.
Ask Sam


Hi there,

Thanks for your letter. I can see how upsetting it is for you not to have your favourite keyring anymore and the thought of somebody taking it.

It is a good idea to talk to a teacher about this, to check if anyone might have handed it in. It might be that someone picked it up by mistake or moved it to another place. You seem sure that your keyring was stolen and if it has been, that’s really not OK and your teachers would probably like to know this.

Perhaps you could ask a teacher if they would talk to pupils in the school assembly about your keyring and how much it meant to you and that you would like it back. You could give a clear description of your keyring which would then remind everyone what it looks like, in case anyone sees it anywhere.

I can hear how disappointed you will be if you don’t find it. It’s lovely to have special things, but it’s hard when they get lost, stolen or broken. It’s natural to feel sad when this happens. The important thing is to find a way of coping with those sad feelings, so that they don’t get too big. Talking about how you feel, or writing it down are both good things to do. If you like, you can always have a chat with a ChildLine counsellor free on 0800 1111 or through 1-2-1 chat online (works like instant messenger). I hope that you manage to get your keyring back. Remember, we are here for you if you need to talk.

Take care,


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