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Decatur Police chase two teenagers posing as Decatur High students

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Decatur Police chase two teenagers posing as Decatur High students

The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
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The front steps of Decatur High School. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Decatur Police say two teenagers entered Decatur High on Oct. 24, posing as students, and ran away when questioned by a School Resource Officer.

Lt. Jennifer Ross said the School Resource Officer responded to the attendance office at the high school at 9:30 a.m. in reference to a call about “two suspicious juvenile males on campus.”

“School staff reported the two unknown juvenile males entered the front door and claimed to be newly enrolled students when approached by a staff member,” Ross said. “The two juvenile males were still in the Attendance Office.  [The School Resource Officer] escorted the two juvenile males outside of the school and questioned them about being on campus. The two juvenile males claimed they recently moved to Decatur from Canton and were newly enrolled students.”

Staff at the school said that the two were not students at the school. When the School Resource Officer tried to confirm their identities and asked for a way to contact their parents, they fled on foot northbound on West Trinity Place.

The School Resource Officer notified other officers and they canvassed the area, but couldn’t find the pair of juveniles. The incident is being investigated as criminal trespassing. The School Resource Officer is working to identify the suspects.

Ross provided the following descriptions:

– Suspect #1: White male, approximately 15-17 years old, short dark brown hair, black framed glasses, wearing dark gray zip-up hoodie, khaki pants and black shoes.

– Suspect #2: White male, approximately 15-17 years old, short light brown hair, wearing a light gray zip-up hoodie with white sleeves, khaki pants, and light grey shoes.

The incident did not disrupt the school day and classes dismissed at the usual time spokesperson Courtney Burnett said.

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