16-Year-Old On School Trip Killed By Hotel Security

LA FORTUNA DE SAN CARLOS, Costa Rica — A 16-year-old high school student from Kansas was shot and killed at a Costa Rican hotel by a security guard who mistook him for a thief.

Police said the student was sent to bed at 10 p.m. on the night of June 1, but he and another group of students left their rooms and went to another building on the premises, Empowered News reports. When the students returned to their rooms before dawn, a 34-year-old security guard thought they were thieves.

No other students were injured. The group was accompanied by two sponsors from the McLouth School District as part of a trip for the school’s Spanish club.

The security guard has been detained. Arrangements for the other students to return early are being made by the educational tour group that arranged the trip.

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