Man arrested for breaking into elementary school

Ira White
Ira White

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond man was arrested early Tuesday morning after police say he broke into Clark Springs Elementary School just hours before the start of the new school year.

Police say 46-year-old Ira White triggered an alarm when he broke a window to get inside. He was arrested moments later.

Parents are upset. Tuesday was supposed to be a fun day to kick off the new school year. Now they're angry someone is accused of trying to steal from their children.

Linwood Page walked in the rainy weather to Clark Springs Elementary with his two stepchildren ready for the new school year.

"We're glad that school has started again," Page said. "I know I am."

His enthusiasm dropped after hearing someone broke into his children's school.

"It's the first day of school," he said. "It's a shame someone has committed a crime against our children. It's sad that our tax dollars have to go to fix this window."

Police arrested White on scene. He is now facing burglary charges. School officials say nothing was taken from the school.

Delores Fox has two grandchildren at Clark Springs and is upset as well. She says children shouldn't need to worry about people breaking into their school.

"You know it makes the kids feel unsafe," Fox said. "School and home is a safe haven for kids, so you come there so you know you're going to be okay."

Police say they don't know what White may have been looking to take from the school. Parents also have a hard time figuring out what a burglar could get away with from an elementary school.

"Some big crayons, some paper, all that good stuff," Page said. "Everything is locked down at school. You can't take that stuff out of there. You don't have no keys to get that door open. How can you get a television out the window? You can't."

School officials say there's no damage to the building besides the broken window. Classes started Tuesday morning on time.

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