Westlake Police report that a A 46 year old Pineview Drive father put his 14 and 16 year old sons to the test on April 14 at 4:05 p.m. by staging a break in at their home to see if his children would obey his demands to not let strangers in the house.
At the dad’s instigation, say Police, a 45 year old friend from Cleveland Hts. went to the front door and asked to be let in. The motive was to see if the boys followed a standing paternal order not to admit anyone except known relatives.
The younger son did let the friend in, who then acted the part of a recently released ex-con who was owed money by the father and made physical threats.
The scenario frightened the boys, who barricaded themselves in a bedroom, jumped out a second floor window onto the garage roof and then landed on the ground (precariously close to a sidewalk). The elder son suffered a minor scrape while exiting the home and then called 911 from a neighbor’s house.
Officers responded code 3 to the home, only to find that it was all a charade.
The friend, in contact with Dad by phone all the while, wanted to stop the role play as things had gone too far. Dad insisted that it play out, say Police. He also refused to acknowledge the emotional upset he had caused, instead referring to his son’s actions as an “epic fail”.
Both boys were commended by the responding officers for securing themselves from the threat and making good their escape. The City Prosecutor will consider Child Endangering charges against both adults.