Mpls,MN Star Tribune
This is so typical of not only the Strib reporting (cause we must 'feel' sorry for this poor, poor, 21 yr old 'homeless' man) and then the complicity of some of the school's staff is unreal. They knew he was there and let him stay!! Then, we are to believe this is just a very sad story. WRONG! This is a story of a school with staff who should be fired.
He slept in the auditorium, showered in the gym, hid food in a locker and may have attended some classes. For at least two weeks, Francisco Serrano took refuge in Apple Valley High School because he had no place to go.
"Anywhere I could hide," Serrano, 21, said by phone from jail Wednesday. "No place to stay, no family at all. I became homeless."
His secret life inside the southeast-metro-area school fell apart this month when a suspicious librarian saw him using a school computer. Now Serrano waits at the Dakota County jail in Hastings for a court appearance Friday on a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on school property.
The principal sent out an e-mail about the former student early Wednesday afternoon.
"It's very sad and unfortunate that we have a young man with nowhere to go," he said.
Degenaar's letter to parents described "a very sad story" in which Serrano ghosted through the school, sleeping in places where he knew he wouldn't be found and even returning after being arrested once.
He was never a danger to anyone, Degenaar said, though he easily circumvented the school's security measures.
So, I guess that his never being a danger excuses all huh? First of all, I find it difficult to believe a 21 year old man can't find any work whatsoever even if unskilled. Second of all, for the principle to excuse the fact that he was living at the school all this time because "he wasn't a danger" tells me that this principle doesn't have a clue as to the security needed to protect students, but that's ok because well, it's just soooooo saaaaadddddd.
Update: Jan. 21. Well the Strib is at it again and the poor boy was only lurking in the 'shadows' of Apple Valley School all of a sudden. Now the national media has taken hold of this story so the sympathy emoters are going to wail out of the woodwork for this 'poor' young boy! Oh and by the way, he's illegal. Is that a big shock, ummm nope. He was rescued by a man from Mpls who is an advocate for the illegal actions the US has taken in the ME. Oh, by the way, this man, Sabri, is up on charges for bribing a Mpls Council official. Here's the story from today