Man turns himself in after tape shows apparent trespass at Lanesville schools
After a security tape showing an individual entering the Lanesville Junior-Senior High School aired on a WHAS 11 news program, the man in the video turned himself in to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Dept. on Sunday and confessed to criminal trespass in a school, a class D felony, Supt. Phil Partenheimer said.
Principal Tim Bridges viewed the tape after Scott Benson, the Lanesville Community School Corp.’s maintenance man, noticed ceiling tiles out of place during his Thursday morning walk-through. Tiles had been disturbed in the cafeteria, boys and girls bathrooms, and the weight room.
The video showed the man arrive on campus about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. His automobile, a silver Ford Focus, was also identifiable.
It wasn’t clear what the man was doing, Dr. Partenheimer said. ‘He may have been trying to get into the locker room. It’s hard to say.’
The cameras do not reveal school hallways, only the parking lot and entryways.
‘This is the exact reason we put the cameras in last year. I hope that our parents and community members in Franklin Township realize … our first priority with children is protection. (The cameras) are not a deterrent until someone is caught, and hopefully they’ll be a deterrent now,’ Partenheimer said.
No arrest had been made as of late yesterday.
Additional safety measures are being taken at Lanesville.
‘Basically, school is open until late at night. We are going to lock the building when our principal leaves. We ask the children not to open the doors unless it is someone they know. We are asking coaches to check the dressing rooms and to walk the athletes out,’ Partenheimer said.
Students were also asked to report anyone suspicious.
‘We made a few adjustments in reaction to what happened last week. We’ve got to change a few things, but we don’t want to be too radical,’ Partenheimer said.