N.J. Teen Trespasses World Trade Center
NEW YORK — When an 16-year-old boy from Weehawken, N.J. bypassed security in the middle of Thursday night, climbed a ladder and took pictures, it was jaw dropping. The World Trade Center is a delicate topic for New Yorkers.
According to The Advocate, he was arrested around 6 a.m. on Sunday and charged with a misdemeanor criminal trespass punished by up to three months in jail.
According to a criminal complaint, the teen told the police: “I walked around the construction site and figured out how to access the Freedom Tower rooftop. I found a way up through the scaffolding, climbed onto the 6th floor, and took the elevator up to the 88th floor. I then took the staircase up to 104th (floor). I went to the rooftop and climbed the ladder all the way to the antenna.”
“We take security and these types of infractions very seriously and will prosecute violators,” Joe Dunne, chief security officer for the Port Authority, said in a statement. “We continue to reassess our security posture at the site and are constantly working to make this site as secure as possible.”
This trespassing incident calls attention to current plans for heavy security around the rebuilt trade center, including a network of barriers, security checkpoints and areas for screening vehicles before entering the 16-acre site, with through traffic barred.
Current plans have attracted opprobrium from a few local residents, claiming them to be tyrannical, according to a lawsuit last fall, and comparing the level of security to be “as impervious to traffic as the Berlin Wall.” It looks as if this New Jersey teen’s misdemeanor will serve as factitious evidence against their case.