Hartford parents are calling for more security at the Fred D. Wish school after two people were caught after breaking into the school early Tuesday morning.
“I didn’t know about it,” said Latosha Pierce, the mother of three children who attend the Wish school.
She was one of many parents who had no idea the school her children attend was the scene of a break-in just hours before students began their school day.
A silent alarm tipped off Hartford police around 1:30 a.m.
When they arrived, they found a smashed window on one side of the building. They went inside with a K9, which led them to the second floor of the Wish school, where police found two individuals locked inside a room.
People in the area said crime has been escalating.
“Times are hard. People are trying to get by, so they’re doing whatever they could do,” said Skye Camby.
Other parents agreed with Camby and said the break-in, coupled with Tuesday night’s fatal shooting on Blue Hills Avenue less than two miles from the school, has them worried for children’ safety.
“There’s a lot of drugs, and now all of a sudden, there’s a lot of shootings,” Lydia Mayeres said.
Pierce said she believes her children will be safer with increased security.
“They need more security guards outside and more people around the school so it won’t happen again,” she said.
Both people accused of breaking into the school have been charged with burglary and criminal mischief.