Church roof offers sanctuary to boy, 11
By JESSE FRUHWIRTH
LAYTON -- An 11-year-old boy who feared he would be punished for striking his teacher with a yardstick caused quite a commotion on Antelope Drive on Wednesday when police say he ran across the street from his school, scaled a church and refused to come down.
Both Layton police and fire departments responded to the incident around noon. When an officer also climbed onto the roof to retrieve the boy, the child jumped off the roof, falling about 10 feet and landing on a grassy area, said Layton Police Lt. Quinn Moyes."Just out of precaution ...they did take him to McKay-Dee Hospital," Moyes said. "He wasn't jumping to hurt himself, but to get away from the officers."
After the altercation with the teacher, he ran across the street, scaled a chain-link fence and climbed onto the church roof. He was running from school officials, Moyes said. "His parents were contacted, and they arrived on scene," Moyes said. "We began to ask him to come down. ... He was frightened that he would be in trouble if he came down."
Moyes said the boy threw something -- shingle particles or pebbles -- onto the road that he found on the roof. "One vehicle was damaged, but nobody was hurt," he said. After that incident, an officer got on the roof. "He saw the officer and -- again, not to hurt himself, but to flee -- then jumped," Moyes said. The case will be screened by juvenile court, he said. Moyes said the boy's parents said the child has had some behavioral problems.