A local 15-year-old is facing charges after he interrupted a recess at the Wednesday afternoon, refused to leave when asked by school officials and proceeded to cause a disturbance that led officials to bring all the children back inside the school.
Police said Thursday that the 15-year-old was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespassing and breach of peace following the incident. His name was not released due to his age and he was released into the custody of his parents, officers said.
The 15-year-old is due in Bristol Superior Court for arraignment on Dec. 18, police said. Without a name, Southington Patch were unable to check with court officials regarding the case.
Sgt. Lowell DePalma said in a press release Thursday that incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, as children were playing in the field behind the 240 Main St. facility.
School officials asked the 15-year-old, who stood 6 feet tall, weighed 145 pounds and was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with the hood up, to leave several times. The boy refused and said he could “be where he wanted” according to a police report.
Moments later, he went and entered a white vehicle with four other males in it, according to witnesses, then returned to the playground area.
Concerned about the safety of the children, police said school officials took the children back within the locked school building. Officials also called police to come and talk with the 15-year-old.
Further details of the case were not immediately available.