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Police have identified and arrested the man that entered the Franklin Borough School yesterday, November 19, during dismissal. Alex J. Thebold, of Ogdenburg, has been charged with fourth-degree criminal trespass.
It all started when administrators were notified by a teacher that an unidentified person entered the building at dismissal. According to the school's Facebook page, the Franklin Borough Police Department and Morris County K-9 Unit were called in and did a sweep of the building but found nothing..
Security footage showed Thebold in the building for about 40 minutes and he walked into multiple school bathrooms. Police reportedly said that the 20-year-old had "no apparent malicious intent" and that no students or faculty were harmed during the incident.
To prevent this situation from happening again in the future, the Chief School Administrator John Giacchi says that during dismissal students will only exit doors manned by staff members. Giacchi also noted that the school will be working with the Franklin Police to "identify further enhancements."
Read the NJHerald.com story here.