People attending adult education come from all walks of life and experiences. Very often they are using adult education as a means of changing their life and overcoming previous difficulties and disadvantages. Some students may have a criminal record.
You are a teacher in a course at a school for adults. You know that one of your students, John, has spent several years in prison for theft and handling stolen goods. One day, you have given a lecture and you take a break at half-time. You open windows and doors and everybody leaves the room to have a cup of coffee and fresh air. You stay in a room next-door. The only group present for the moment is your group.
From the corner of your eye you see John go back into the class-room for a second or two. You are not able to see what he is doing in there. When he comes back he joins the others.
After the break a woman notices that her mobile phone, keys and some money are gone. She had kept her belongings in her jacket hanging on a chair in the class-room.
Do you intend to call the police immediately or instead, to talk first to John?
Would you give a clue to the group (incl. John) that you have any suspects?
Are you more likely to judge him, rather than to wait to see what the police investigation will find out?