Riley County police took a 12-year-old boy into custody after a burglary incident that led to several Manhattan schools entering what’s called “secure campus mode” early Thursday afternoon.
RCPD Capt. Josh Kyle said officers received a report of a home burglary in progress shortly before noon. A 12-year-old boy reported he had seen a man leaving the house with a gun and holding cash.
When officers investigated, they found out it was a false report, and it was actually the boy who had taken $298 in cash from the house.
Officers took the boy into custody, but they didn’t file charges against him. Officers didn’t identify him.
Theodore Roosevelt Elementary, Eugene Field Early Learning Center and both Manhattan High campuses entered secure campus mode during the investigation. School officials took extra precautions to secure entry and exit out of the schools.
Michele Jones, school district director of communications, said classes weren’t interrupted, and the only disruption was when children were forced inside for recess.
Late Thursday morning, Anthony Middle School also went into secure campus mode after a guest at the school stepped outside through a back door then tried getting back in.
After confirming the person was a guest at Anthony, the school exited secure campus mode.