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Vandals Burn Lakewood Falls Playground Equipment

Suspects reportedly attempted to start a second fire at a nearby school.

Caution tape was placed around the destroyed playground equipment at Lakewood Falls Elementary. Credit: Shannon Antinori
Caution tape was placed around the destroyed playground equipment at Lakewood Falls Elementary. Credit: Shannon Antinori
Two boys burned playground equipment at Lakewood Falls Elementary School, and attempted to do the same at nearby Creekside Elementary, according to the district.

District 202 Community Relations Director Tom Hernandez said he received a call from Will County Sheriff's police asking him to come to Lakewood Falls elementary, 14050 S. Budler Rd., at about 8 p.m. Saturday.

Deputies told Hernandez that two middle school-aged boys were reportedly seen setting fire to the jungle gym on the school playground at about 7:30 p.m., he said.

Hernandez said other kids who witnessed the incident called out to the boys, who then ran across the street to Creekside Elementary and attempted to use refuse from the dumpster to set another fire.

Only paper burned at the Creekside playground, leaving the equipment undamaged, Hernandez said.

The situation was worse at Lakewood Falls.

"The slide is melted," Hernandez said. "It's a puddle of goo."

School district staff placed caution tape around the jungle gym to restrict access to the ruined equipment. A maintenance employee was at the school Sunday morning removing charred debris from the site.

The Will County Sheriff's Department did not immediately return a call from Patch on Sunday morning.
momof4 June 02, 2014 at 12:18 PM
FINE the parents NOW then they learn to train there kids properly and watch them properly if need be. I have a jr high and a highschool child no way in hell would either be taking off with items to start fires really how does that happen
Just sayin June 02, 2014 at 02:56 PM
I hate to say it but it is probably a child drom the N or the O sub division. I used to live inthe O subdivision and the kids in my neighborhood were pretty bad. Stealing, lying, my son was held down by a Jr. High boy and his friend and spary painted. Some kid with blonde hair and his friend was black. So if someone knows these kids I would start with them. These two are the ones tagging the I55 barrier too. These kids I know live in the N subdivision.
Matt Ehlebracht June 02, 2014 at 07:37 PM
Good thing we have "security". My house has been egged twice, there's always trash everywhere. It's too bad, could be a nice neighborhood.
Barbara Seffinga June 03, 2014 at 06:11 AM
Make them work (community service) at minimum wage to pay for it. Money always spoke to my teens.
John Tips June 11, 2014 at 01:04 PM
The parents of these kids must be held responsible for the repair costs, we taxpayers should not foot the bill! These boys should then be held accountable for the arson they caused. 1000 hours each of community service would be a just punishment for these junior arsonists! NO PAY for their crime either!

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