Teachers and students at the Saint James School are still talking about the excitement from earlier this week. Three men, running from police, crashed a stolen van on school property and took off running. Luckily the men never made it into the school thanks to a new security system and a quick-acting employee. The maintenance director, Richard Morgan, who has been with the school for 20 years, jumped into action as soon as he realized what was going on.
Had this happened four minutes earlier, the men in the van would have been right where the kids were at the playground and walking to class, Morgan says.
The assistant principal, Pam Dufrain, was notified of the crash immediately. "When I walked outside, there was a lot of commotion and they were doing an all-call to lock the doors," she said.
Two of the men got out of the car and took off over the fence into the neighborhood. The third went running through an outside corridor on campus. That's when Morgan stepped in He ran right after him. "I followed him behind the Carey Hilliard's on Addriene Street." he told us.
He then got in a car and followed him until police were able to catch the suspect.
"He's our man of protection, I think," Dufrain said.
The students also think Morgan is "the man." They tell him that over and over as he walks down the hall, even though he won't admit it. "Some of them are like, 'Wow!,' while others think it's a joke that the maintenance man chased a guy down," he said.
School is back to normal and all of the kids were allowed outside for recess, and of course this excitement is still the big talk.