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Student breaks into assistant principal's home

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WEST MEMPHIS, AR (WMC-TV) - East Junior High in West Memphis is out for the summer, and one ninth grader is in a different type of detention for breaking into his assistant principal's house.

Kendale Mays, 16, was charged as an adult with burglary, theft, and fleeing.

Mays is accused of prying open a window in the middle of the day while the principal was not at home. But her two daughters were.

"They grabbed their cell phones, a pistol from inside the residence, and locked themselves inside a bathroom," West Memphis Police Assistant Chief Mike Allen said.

One of the girls fired a warning shot when the burglar approached the bathroom.

"And officers coming on the scene observed him and chased him down," Allen said.

Police say Mays got away with the principal's lap-top, which was quickly recovered.

The assistant principal didn't want to speak on camera, but said the episode has been very traumatic, and the family wants to get it behind them. She does not believe it was retaliation for any discipline she may have doled out here at the school.

Mays' family defended him as a kid pressured by his peers.

"He's a nice young man," said his cousin, Lorraine Williams. "He's just with the wrong somebody at the wrong time - that's all that was."

His family believes the teen has learned his lesson, although they admit he's been in juvenile detention before. He even has a previous arrest, for breaking into the same house.

Police say Mays got away with the principal's lap-top, which was quickly recovered.

The decision to charge him as an adult was based on his lengthy juvenile record.

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