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'Stupid' Teenager Causes Evacuation

Friday June 14 2013


Horizon Horizon


A 'STUPID' teenager caused 2,500 pupils and staff to be evacuated from Horizon Community College.

The 16-year-old cost taxpayers almost £300 for the fire service to be called out, Barnsley Youth Court heard.

He said after his arrest that he activated the alarm 'for a bit of fun'.

Waseem Raja, prosecuting, said: "He simply let off a fire alarm. All 2,500 pupils and staff had to be evacuated. It cost £296 for the fire service to sort it all out."

Matthew Shepherd, defending, said it was a shame the teenager had been prosecuted because it would add to the cost to the taxpayer.

Mr Shepherd said: "He did not expect the fire service to be called out. The fire alarm he smashed is linked to the fire station.

"He was foolish and showed a lack of common sense."

Owen Gleadall, presiding, said: "Stop being so stupid."

The teenager, who admitted causing a false alarm, was given a three month order which is likely to involve him talking to fire fighters about the consequences of what he did and cleaning fire engines.

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Reply Posted by PJ on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:25
Good - teenagers need to learn that actions have consequences & to behave responsibly.

Reply Posted by Robbie on Friday June 14 2013 at 10:26
Obviously, the pupil in question was not armed with the super power called "Common Sense"... now, where is that cane?

Reply Posted by kaz on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:31
Stupid and callous, someone may REALLY have needed the fire service. What would the lad have done if it had been his family needing em urgently. Its time kids realised the consequences of their actions.

Reply Posted by mr x on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:31
send the teenager the bill he will learn not to do it again

Reply Posted by Alun D on Friday June 14 2013 at 11:41
so his mother can pay it...silly.. she didnt break the glass.. community service at the weekend ..is what he needs.. he might learn a bit that way..

Reply Posted by julie richardson on Friday June 14 2013 at 12:45
KNOB

Reply Posted by Ben Parr on Friday June 14 2013 at 13:30
It's not surprising. This happened a couple of times when I was in the old school Kingston.

Reply Posted by maxine on Friday June 14 2013 at 16:45
The teenager was given a three month order which is likely to involve him talking to firefighters about the consequences of what he did and cleaning fire engines.

Along with the fine this is a fair punishment, a good result.

Now, why can't the same punishment be applied to burglars, as in showing them the result of their crime, the violated victims, their suffering? And drink drivers who kill... Make them work alongside the devastation of their actions.

This lad won't be setting any more alarms off, because his punishment fits his 'crime'.

Reply Posted by king louis on Friday June 14 2013 at 19:09
i think it's a fair measure, stupidity is the right of every youth and the whole of this experience could be the making of him, doing court and helping the fire brigade will be good no doubt... he wont do anything like his again

Reply Posted by H on Friday June 14 2013 at 22:15
Wicked Curiosity and a bit of adrenalin rush as a teenager isn't a crime, stupid thing to do but his punishment fits the crime! Hopefully it will put an end to escalation and the school will use this to educate others to prevent future repetition....after all it is down to us adults to be role models and educate our youngsters not make mountains out of molehills unnecessarily !

Reply Posted by dom on Tuesday June 18 2013 at 10:48
fetch cane back i say didnt do me no harm kids today are out of control

Reply Posted by Mr Desman on Saturday September 21 2013 at 09:39
"Punishment is likely to involve him talking to firefighters about the consequences of what he did."

Why is it fair for the Firefighters to have to put up with this idiot ?

Mr Desman