PD: Teens Caught Running on Naugatuck High School Roof

Police say the youths were trying to practice "free running."

Five teenagers have been arrested on trespassing charges after they were allegedly caught running around on the roof.

Police said officers responded to NHS just before 5 p.m. on May 3 after getting a report of a group of teenagers running along the roof. A custodian had already detained the teens when police arrived, reported Lt. Robert Harrison, Naugatuck police spokesman.

A group of four 16-year-olds, and one 17-year-old, were taken into custody on charges of third-degree criminal trespass, police said.

The teens told investigating officers they were trying to practice the sport of “free running,” Harrison said. The sport, also known in Europe as “parkour,” is a physical discipline activity that involves acrobatic running and jumping, according to the website AmericanParkour.com.

See a YouTube video on free running here.

It’s unconfirmed whether the students arrested were from Naugatuck High School. High school officials weren't immediately available for comment.

No one was injured during the incident, police said. The teens were all released to parents or guardians.

The 17-year-old was released on a promise to appear in Waterbury Superior Court on May 16 and the 16-year-olds are due in Waterbury Juvenile Court on May 15.

M May 19, 2012 at 06:55 AM
Have them do some community service and be done with it. There's no point in tarnishing their records over something so trivial. They have their whole lives ahead of them. Kids nowadays can't act like kids and learn from their mistakes anymore without other people making it a big deal. Just be grateful nothing serious happened. My question is: How did they gain access to the roof so easily? Seems someone was slacking on the job... hm?
Joan Allen June 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM
With all the drugs and teen drug dealers in Naugatuck you arrest these kids for attempting a new sport...Tell them to stay off the roof and inform them that they will be arrested for trespassing if happens again...maybe they didn't know it was against the law to do sports at a high school...Why would they, the kids that are "High" at the schools and sell drugs at the schools don't seem to be arrested. How can we expect teens to set priorities when adults don't...Seriously, go after the real criminals...


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