My doctor wanted me to have snack before gym class to prevent a low blood sugar. My mother bought an industrial size box of peanut butter crackers and had it put in the gym teachers' office with instructions to give me one packet before class.
One day I went to get my allotted crackers and noticed half the box gone. I had only had about 5 packets total (out of a box of 60 packets). When I told my mother she called the gym teacher who told her sometimes the teachers "borrowed" some crackers.
Something tells me that no one thought that there was a "medical need" for the child to have the snack - they were just looking at "oh, I NEED a snack and nobody will notice if I eat just one" - then thirty-odd go missing in a matter of days.....and someone notices!
I don't think it matters in the least whether there was a medical need. It was not their property. They knew, or at the very least the gym teacher knew, that it was the student's property. I find it shameful that teachers steal from students.
I agree - it is shameful - but I also understand that ONE teacher looks at a box of 5 dozen snacks, they are hungry, they might not have change or time to run to the teachers' lounge, they don't know that there is a good reason for the student to have a two month supply of snacks on hand, and think that "nobody will miss just one".
But by the time several teachers make the same "I don't have time so I'll 'borrow' just one and nobody will notice" - there are thirty that have been stolen. The way it was explained to me as a child was that if you do this and you don't replace it no later than the next day, you can no longer claim to have "borrowed" it. If you replace it after your next trip to the teachers' lounge or go to the grocery store on your way home & get some for your own desk & replace the 'borrowed' one - then most people will cut you a little slack on whether you borrowed it or stole it.
But you have to return it (whether it is a snack, feminine supplies, paper, pen, or other personal supplies whether at work or school) promptly to keep it socially marked as "borrowing" instead of stealing or mooching shamelessly.