DETROIT -

Students at a school in southwest Detroit on Friday carried on with their classes despite missing some valuable educational tools.

At least five laptops, a handful of cameras and some other school electronics were stolen sometime overnight from Pierre Toussaint Academy.

Police said the school's alarm went off about 4:30 a.m. but officers didn't find anything when they responded and searched the school -- which is a kindergarten through eighth-grade charter school.

It wasn't until staff arrived later in the morning that the thefts were discovered.

Police said there were no signs of forced entry to the school so they're still trying to figure out how the school was broken into.

The school hasn't commented on the break-in but parents and area residents told Local 4 the theft is more than just a crime.

"Anytime someone steals from children, they’re stealing from the future and depriving the young people of the best that they can be to help the rebuilding of the neighborhoods," said Freddie Hill.