By James Schugel, WCCO-TV

CHASKA (WCCO) — A Chaska High School student is being called a hero after he decided to take action and stop some alleged burglars from stealing from him and fellow students.

Julian Ellison, 18, couldn’t believe what he saw when he peaked outside from his second floor classroom on a February Friday.

“I looked down and saw two, maybe three kids, about my age, going through every car they could find,” he said.

He said they were walking up and down the rows of cars, seeing which ones were unlocked and which ones had the best valuables to take inside.

Then Ellison said he saw them dart towards his truck, and that’s when he ran out of his classroom and confronted the teens.

“I was forward with my questions. I wasn’t holding anything back,” he said.

He stood in front of their car so they couldn’t leave.

“It was not only the most exhilarating experience of my life, but the most rewarding,” said Ellison. “Just the way my parents brought me up. I’ve always been taught to care.”

Every time they darted for a different exit, Ellison followed.

“I acknowledge the fact I could have been hurt. I wasn’t thinking about it at the time,” he said.

He followed them three different times, as they tried to leave.

A school resource officer and Chaska’s principal ran to help, and soon Chaska Police showed up to get the kids.

Ellison wasn’t hurt in all this.

“Julian is Julian,” said Principal David Brecht. “He made that decision. Now we can say, ‘Hero for the day.’ What a fantastic job! What a great role model he is.”

Ellison’s biggest smile came when he saw the kids in handcuffs. He knew he had done a good deed, not for the fame, but because Julian says it was the right thing to do.

“I went up to my classroom after all this happened, and my classmates gave me a round of applause,” he said.

It’s likely the alleged burglars could get anything from a ticket to a theft charge, depending on how involved they were in the burglary spree.

Comments (7)
  1. Bob O says:

    This kind of kid gives me hope for the future. There are so many spoiled, unapprectiative, punk kids out here these days that don’t give a rip about anything. It’s nice to see that there are still a few that have values.

  2. Olivia E says:

    Thats my older brother Julian !!! : )

  3. Melissa A says:

    Good job Kid! Way to take a stand. You are very brave!

  4. Nicole says:

    Agreed Bob! Its not just kids though, its the parents, I have seen way too many adults be disrespectful, unapprectiative along with other things.

  5. Jon M says:

    Good to hear we have young men willing to take a stand for whats right. Glad to hear also he is safe and the suspects were caught.

  6. Julian Ellison says:

    Thank you all for your comments. Honestly, the reason I did it is this: I have recently been learning about the “Diffusion of Responsibility” complex in my Psychology class. Famous cases associated with this are the Kitty Genovese case, along with others, although that is probably the most noteable. This complex essentially says that the more people that witness an event happening, the less likely someone will be to do something about it. Knowing this, I took it upon myself to go against this complex and do something about it. I agree with Bob when it comes to this generation of teenagers and how most are very superficial and don’t really care about others. Thankfully, my parents raised me to be kind, caring, and to take a stand when I need to. If anyone has any specific questions, feel free to ask them on here and I would be happy to answer them.

  7. Julian Ellison says:

    I’m honestly just grateful that WCCO decided to take this story and show the world that there are good people out there

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