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Thursday, March 2, 2000

Parents turn in
14-year-old in
Hauula School break-in

By Jaymes Song


A 14-year-old boy was arrested yesterday in connection with a break-in at Hauula Elementary School during the Presidents Day weekend.

The Hauula boy's parents brought him to the Kahuku Police Station last night, police said. He was booked for second-degree burglary and released pending further investigation.

A second teen-age boy was interviewed this morning.

Vandals broke into classrooms, destroyed a first-grade class's computer, vandalized the rooms and stole a TV set and VCR.

It was the seventh burglary at the school this school year. Teachers said the break-in and vandalism shook up the young students.

Chuck Carlin, the school's speech therapist, said the arrest brings some closure to the incident and sends out a message. But, he also is saddened for the boy who was arrested.

"I feel bad that someone so young is making bad choices," he said.

Carlin commended the parents for turning their son in.

"It speaks for the community of Hauula," he said. "Pride is a big aspect of the school and community here."

Since the burglary, donations have poured in from all over the island. Organizations, businesses and the public donated school supplies, computer equipment, money, an alarm system and TV set.

Maryknoll Elementary School, which was burglarized two years ago, donated an Apple computer.

"It shows how we can pull together," Carlin said.

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