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13-year-old talks about being home alone when intruder enters

James Herring said he accidentally hit the closet door while he was hiding. He believes that nose scared the intruder away. (Christina Thompson, NewsChannel 12 photo)

It's something none of us want to experience. It's even worse when it's your child that's involved.

A 13-year-old boy in Jones County who was home alone experienced an intruder making their way into his home. James Herring was home alone playing video games in his room after his father, Bryan, went to the store to grab items for dinner. That's when someone broke into the home.

"They (911 officials) told me ... they said 'Mr. Herring, your son called us," Bryan Herring said. "We've got deputies in route. Somebody's in your house."

"Then I heard footsteps so then I got scared," said James Herring. "I got up, grabbed my phone and hid in the closet."

James Herring said he accidentally hit the closet door while he was hiding. He believes that noise scared the intruder away.

"So I slid in and kept this much open so I could peak out in case anyone was in my room," James Herring said.

"I'm surprised he wasn't emotional or scared," Bryan Herring said. "Because that's something no child should ever go through."

James Herring said he remained calm because he knew he had to.

"He did exactly what we taught him to do," Bryan Herring said. "We went over scenario after scenario about what to do if this happens how to handle it.

"Always have a place to hide. Always have something to protect yourself and always have a phone that you can call 911 with. I got a message from the telecommunication saying he's the bravest 12-year-old they've ever talked to."

"I said 'someone's in my house'," James Herring said. "They said 'have you seen them yet' I said 'no'."

Though there isn't much for law enforcement to work on as far as catching the person who did this, Bryan Herring wants other children to know what to do.

"The importance of this conversation is not to scare your child, but it's important to expose them to it," Bryan Herring said. "That way it's not new.

"Is he OK? I know he's scared. But is he alright? And then I think to myself this is nothing that we haven't talked about."

"I got through it," James Herring said.

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