Justin Casquejo is a daredevil. And he is not alone. Casquejo is part of a team of young folks who get their thrills from scaling heights, running obstacles, and collecting proof that they conquered things that most folks would be fearful of going near.
Casquejo and his friends call themselves Team Destiny, and they are parkour aficionados. Parkour is a sport with its roots in European free-running, wherein participants adeptly and quickly traverse obstacle courses, usually simply the given terrain in an urban landscape such as buildings, walls, stair railings, windows, construction equipment, and other items that just happen to be there.
Casquejo himself chose a lofty obstacle to conquer: One World Trade Center, the single building being constructed on the site of the former World Trade Center twin towers that were destroyed by terrorists on September 11, 2001.
According to the New York Post, the police say that Casquejo, who is only 16, observed the area for a while before devising his plan to get all the way to the top of the tower, climb the spire atop it, and snap pictures to prove he had been there.
Casquejo first crawled through a hole in the fence surrounding the Ground Zero site. He then got a lift from a union elevator operator, perhaps by wearing a construction uniform, though he had no I.D., then sneaked past a sleeping guard. He then spent two hours on top of the building before being discovered by a construction worker and escorted down to face police.
Fortunately, Casquejo was only interested in the fun and adventure of his parkour pastime, not someone intent on doing damage to property or harm to U.S. citizens. But the Port Authority, which is in charge of security at Ground Zero, is still quite chagrined that anyone was so easily able to slip past security. The sleeping guard has been fired, the union elevator operator has been reassigned, and the other lapses are being investigated.
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