Friday, February 27, 2009

School's not so boring after all.

My kids rarely give me any meaningful feedback to my daily question, "How was school today?" Wednesday was a different story...In fact, a story which landed itself in the local paper!


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.

12 comments:

Andrea said...

Dang! I'm glad I'm not the school psychologist there!

Atkin Family said...

That reminds me of that time in 6th grade when Curtis ran out of the classroom heading for the woods hoping to be eaten by bears (who knew there were woods and bears behind the Cardston Elem School!!). Steph and I both liked him and someone wrote him a note asking who he liked better -- the note was intercepted by Mr. Sheen and read to the whole class, which led to the sudden race for the woods by Curtis. Embarrassment and fear can make us do silly things!!!

Jo Jo`s blog said...

Ha ha! It's funny it has the time on the billboard... We now know what time it was!!!! ;-D

Jenny said...

Wow, talk about some drama at school. Sounds like he needs some extra love and help.

Beverly said...

What a story. Nothing that exciting ever happened at my school.

Scott said...

It reminds me of the old TV/radio ads about "Signs Your Child May Be Having Problems." The signs were things like, He's on drugs; he won't do his homework; he fights with his peers and teachers.

Yep, those are indeed signs that the child needs help.

I hope this little boy gets help.

Melissa said...

Was that boy from Todd and Kenna's school? When I saw that picture I thought it was a joke, like the boy was edited onto the church. Crazy what some kids will do to get attention.

Deanna Quinton Larson said...

Oh my! That poor child! I can't imagine what sort of stress he must be under to act that way.

Debbie said...

Wow. Daniel likes to climb. I just hope he doesn't ever get any ideas to climb like that little boy. Poor little guy. You wonder what is going on in his life.

Sheri said...

I hope all the adults involved in this situation make the right choices and get the boy some help.

Janelle said...

I thought it was crazy too! I drove by during the whole thing and couldn't believe my eyes!

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Erin said...

Wow, what a crazy story!