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Authorities: Fifth-graders brought gun, drugs to school

Posted September 23, 2008

— Two students have been suspended after authorities said they found a loaded handgun and a bag of marijuana at Dawson Elementary School last Thursday.

A parent called Dawson Elementary Principal Sharon Arrington Thursday morning and said her child had seen a student with a gun at school the previous day. Arrington called the student and his teacher into her office, and he admitted to having a loaded gun in his backpack, authorities said.

The school resource officer seized the gun, and no one was injured in the incident.

An investigation led school officials to a second student with a bag of marijuana. That student also was suspended, officials said.


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  • infamousrider Sep 23, 2008

    Got to wonder why the 5th grader felt he needed to take a gun to school..it's not always to brag.

  • malave27896 Sep 23, 2008

    Have the parents been taken to the police station yet? I don't see where it states that they have been arrested. Every time I have been looking at the news lately it states that young child has been bringing a gun, or drugs, or seeling drugs at their school. What is going on? I just hope that all these situation get worked out and the parents of this child are brought up on charges as well, they need to be responsible for their child and know what is going on in his life.

  • just_a_rn Sep 23, 2008

    ctechic2004 - thank you! I was reading through all these posts and was waiting patiently to see if someone would say what I was thinking. I use to work for the school system! Yes, parents should be held accountable, however you cannot expect a parent to know at all times what their kids are doing. I have 2 sons, one in the 7th grade and one in the 4th, and I do not check their bookbags everyday. One is so quick to place blame on the parents, but we do not know the entire story. We need to know all the facts before blame can be placed. In NC, a principal can only suspend for a maximum of 10 days until they are in front of the school board, then they can decide if the child is needed to be expelled. Either way, the state picks up the tab for them to have a "free" education. And since they can't come to school... the school goes to them.

  • mom2threecld Sep 23, 2008

    had to get it from an adult somewhere..5th grade....what is the world coming to??? glad he didn't shoot anyone

  • bs101fly Sep 23, 2008

    would NEVER happen in Wake County. Lori Millberg and Patti head would see to it!

  • Tax Man Sep 23, 2008

    Clearly the parents of these two kids need to be accountable. They should have immediately searched their homes for additional criminal activity. My bet is that pot and guns are part of the "normal" living arrangements for these kids. In any event the parents should be charged with neglect and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. So young to be in so much trouble. Lucky no one was hurt or killed.

  • ptahandatum Sep 23, 2008

    "But THANK GOD, I have been blessed not to have any problems, mainly because he knows, I am the parent." No god to make such a determination. Care to rephrase or better yet go see a psychiatrist for these delusions?

  • OrdinaryCitizen Sep 23, 2008

    Have the Parents been arrested yet? Its has to happen

  • Gottalovemy4dogs Sep 23, 2008

    Why are people wanting the pictures of these children posted? Is there something regarding the children's appearance that they would like to know? Just curious.

  • boomylar Sep 23, 2008

    lol...well thats just great! the kids need better parents.