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Teen Arrested for Climbing World Trade Center

Early Sunday morning, Justin Casquejo, 16, of Weehawken, N.J., sneaked into the 1 World Trade Center construction zone and building. He took the elevator to the 88th floor and continued to climb the stairwell to the 104th. After sneaking past a security guard, he continued on to climb the antenna ladder, reaching the top of the building, where he also took pictures. He made it all this way without getting caught.

Once officials realized he was there, though, Casquejo was arrested, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Now, the teenager is being treated as an adult and has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal trespass and one count of trespass (which could lead to actual jail time). After he was caught, Casquejo was held until just after midnight on Monday, when he was released without bail.

Here's the question we're all thinking: How could a 16-year-old outsmart a security team that has (hopefully) been trained to be aware of everything? While we imagine Casquejo's parents are furious, the incident has brought to light security gaps at the fourth-tallest skyscraper in the world. Unfortunately, it took a teenager messing around to point that out.

While we agree that he should be punished, what do you think ... should Casquejo be treated and tried as an adult?

Image via Facebook / CBS New York

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