Toddler Breaches White House Wall

April 18, 2023

The White House security systems instantly triggered Secret Service officers and the toddler and parents were quickly reunited.

Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi on a toddler breaching the White House security fence.

Why It Matters: “It may be the first successful intrusion onto the complex since the White House fence was doubled in height to roughly 13 feet (3.96-meters) in recent years after a series of security breaches.” (The Associated Press).

What Happened: Apparently the toddler slipped through the fence (just over 5 inches) between the iron posts. He was quickly “apprehended” by Secret Service, who momentarily “restricted” White House access until reuniting toddler with his parents.

Context: The White House fence use to be just over 6 feet tall until it doubled in height during a $64 million construction project started in 2019. Parts of the fence are still NOT complete. MORE HERE

Fun Fact: What color was the first White House fence? Possibly GREEN. “The first perimeter fence was a wood rail fence completed during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency (1801-1809). The wooden fence was replaced by a stone wall and later an iron fence. Paint analysis indicated that the earliest color of the north iron fencing may have been a deep forest green.”

Littlest intruder: Toddler crawls through White House fence (The Associated Press)

History of the White House fence (White House Historical Association)

by Jenna Lee,