Students wearing gloves, masks try out �ideas�

Published on Thu, Feb 12, 2004
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Students wearing gloves, masks try out �ideas�

Too much computer games for these kids? Blaine school district employees alerted police to a possible burglary or trespass in progress on the roof of one of the school buildings on Sunday, February 8 around 8:30 p.m. Officers arrived and apprehended three teenagers hiding on the roof, who explained they had decided to put into practice some ideas they took from a computer game they had been playing, police records said. The students, ages 15 and 16, donned gloves and ski-masks, did make entry to the school without damaging anything or forcing entry, but got spooked and were exiting when they were caught, according to police chief Mike Haslip. The trio was booked into juvenile detention for second degree burglary.

�Police officers are conducting follow-up. So far it does appear that the teens ... did not intend to steal or damage anything, and their mid-evening trespass was committed for sport. The teenagers involved in this incident were more than surprised when police arrived at the campus,� Haslip said. �If they were living out a piece of virtual reality, the game they were mimicking�did not take into account�the school�district's very good security system, and the�attentive faculty and staff that is often on campus after hours.�

Even more importantly, he said, the kids forgot the part of the game that the script leaves out, where the law says��entering a building without permission is not a game - it's a crime that will land you in jail.�