There were tenants, such as the one in Room 11, who would have spoken out…if.
The woman in Room 11 was one of those who had complained about Odette’s stealing. Had mentioned her lack of work.
And just as others who had complained, she was excoriated and her complaints were dismissed.
This is because Odette, and in this case, Hepzibah, had already lodged complaints about her. Complaints the Board never asked her about, simply accepted. Those ‘in charge’ never needed to hear her ‘side’ because if Odette said she flew a broomstick over the dorm and dropped a rock, they’d believe Odette.
So having already been insulted and her concerns dismissed, the woman in Room 11 witnessed the theft of the gas tanks as if watching a comedy program.
If anyone even asked her, she’d say she hadn’t heard a thing.