VIDEO | Adrenalin junky ‘ninjas’ caught at Gladstone school
A BUNCH of adrenalin charged lads turned a Gladstone school into their late night adventure playground when they used its design features to pursue the urban action sport of Parkour.
The four teens were on the grounds of Gladstone West state school on a Friday night making the most of the obstacle course, running, climbing, swinging, jumping and rolling when their fun activities were brought to a stop by patrolling police and a police dog.
Police heard one of them yell "run" and the game of cat and mouse, or find me if you can, was on.
The four were sniffed down by a police tracker dog then charged with trespass, coming before Gladstone Magistrates Court this week.
Their activities were described by their lawyer Jun Pepito as "ninja" like.
Tyrone Smith, 19, Rick Williams, 19 Kurt Davey, 18and Kyle Lamont, 19, all pleaded guilty to trespassing at the school at 9.30pm on March 4.
Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said police had been doing a foot patrol and heard voices in the school grounds and heard someone yell 'run' when the officers identified themselves.
"They saw four males run away and the dog squad was deployed," he said.
"They told police they had been doing Parkour which is a sport, moving rapidly around in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping and climbing."
In their defence Mr Pepito said three worked and one was looking for employment.
"This is being Ninja like activities," Mr Pepito said, in a light moment that brought laughter to the courtroom, as the adventurous four stood before magistrate Mark Morrow.
"It was a combined decision by all of them. A fine would be appropriate."
With no criminal history, nor any intention to do anything harmful by their activities, Mr Morrow, himself a father of six, showed empathy toward the lads.
Telling them they can't do Parkour activities in school grounds, Mr Morrow discharged them of the offence - no conviction, no fines..
The relief shown on their faces was nearly audible in the crowded courtroom.
Parkour (French pronunciation: [paʁkuʁ]) is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. The aim is to get from one point to another in a complex environment Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation. Parkour's development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative martial art. The activity can be practiced alone or with others, and is usually carried out in urban spaces. Parkour involves seeing one's environment in a new way, and imagining the potentialities for navigating it by movement around, across, through, over and under its features.