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Open School Door Lures Boy, 12

A Riverview Drive boy wad found inside Hampden Meadows School in Barrington early Saturday evening.

Most kids stay away from school during the summer. But the lure of an open door apparently got the better of a Barrington boy on Saturday evening, July 14.

Three Barrington police officers responded to a call from the alarm company that monitors Hampden Meadows School. Motion was detected outside a classroom and in a hallway at about 6:24 pm.

Patrol Officers Timothy Oser, Gregg Koutros, and Joseph Andreozzi found a 12-year-old Riverview Drive boy inside the building, according to Police Chief John LaCross. The pre-teen appeared to be quite scared when officers found him.

Curiosity at finding an open door to the building apparently got the better of the boy, who was playing outside the school. The fact that the boy apparently needed to use the bathroom also played a role in his entering the school building, LaCross said.

The boy faces a charge of illegally entering the building, said the police chief. But the violation is expected to be handled by the Juvenile Hearing Board, not in Family Court.

Police secured the building with the help of a custodian. It is not known why the door was left open. Nothing was reported to be amiss inside the school.

Townie July 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
How about a warning, contact the boy's folks and call it a day instead of the heavy handed approach of a Hearing Board?
Newbie July 17, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Seriously? Pressing charges? He probably went to school there, and it made perfect sense to go use the bathroom. I doubt it ever occurred to him that he wasn't supposed to go in.
Borrington July 17, 2012 at 01:17 PM
That's ridiculous. As if those institutions don't have better to do.
David July 17, 2012 at 01:33 PM
How about suspending the person that left the building open?
john July 18, 2012 at 02:11 PM
I guess if anybody ever gets caught breaking in or trespassing just say you have to use the bathroom and your as free as a bird. Pathetic a 12 year old knows well enough hes not allowed in there so why act like he didnt do anything wrong.

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