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Cape Fear High School student charged after bringing gun to school

Posted May 2

Chase Levi Mcfadden, 17, was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property.
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— For the second time in two weeks, a student in Cumberland County was arrested for bringing a weapon onto school grounds.

The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office said that a school administrator and school resource officer went to the parking lot at Cape Fear High School Monday, after someone reported smelling marijuana.

Deputies said the administrator asked student Chase Levi Macfadden, 17, if there was any marijuana or anything illegal in his truck. He responded no, but a search of the truck resulted in the discovery of a .22 caliber rifle covered by a blanket in the back seat.

Mcfadden was arrested and charged with felony possession of a firearm on school property. He was released into the custody of his parents and was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday afternoon.

On Thursday, a student at Seventy-First High School in Fayetteville faced similar charges after he was found with a .22 caliber rifle in his car.


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  • Raleigh Rose May 3, 3:58 p.m.
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    So any student should be able to bring a gun to school because of the 2nd Amendment? Let's let a bunch of immature children carry around weapons designed to kill? When their brain's aren't even fully developed? That makes perfect sense. *eyeroll*
    However, I never said he should be tried as an adult. He is underage and should be treated as such. No, his life shouldn't be ruined, but he needs to learn some personal responsibility, as do his parents.
    I guess you just had to get your political rant in somehow and twisting my words got you there. I do think it's funny that if this had been any rule or law other than gun related, say he brought drugs onto school grounds, you would probably have the same opinion I do. Bringing drugs OR guns on schools grounds are both illegal. But, because it's about guns then whatever this kid did is A-Okay with you. Typical.

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 3, 2:30 p.m.
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    He knowingly broke a law, why shouldn't he suffer the consequences?
    Read more at http://www.wral.com/cape-fear-high-school-student-charged-after-bringing-gun-to-school/15678338/#dvFFwyWLyqCC3Ska.99

    Normally I would agree with you, however, in this case this guy is still a child and should be treated as a child, not an adult. With that being said, we have adults in our Whitehouse who break the law on a daily basis, all the way up to the president and people don't even bat an eye at that. We have politicans who aid and abett illegal immigrants on a daily basis and nothing at all is being done to hold them accountable, especially when they are actually killing people. This child has to have his life ruined before it even gets started and you're ok with that? From what I can tell, he was exercising one of his rights and now he's being punished for it. It doesn't say anything in the constitution about shal not be infringed unless you're on school property, get it?

  • Raleigh Rose May 3, 12:44 p.m.
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    Biccus I'm not crazy. My mother had me tested. Bazinga!
    I'm sorry if you think that someone having to be responsible for their actions makes me crazy. It's a well known rule you don't bring guns on school grounds. It was a rule when I was at Cape Fear, several decades ago. If this kid didn't know any better, which I doubt since he was trying to cover the gun with a blanket, then his parents should have. Heck, he should have know since this happened to another student in the county last week. It's common sense-don't bring a gun to high school. I guess laws and rules don't mean anything to you.

    My parents raised me and my brother right. He and I are doing very well, thank you. Both survived into adulthood, graduated from college, have good careers, homes, families and everything. We even pay our taxes and neither of us have had any brushes with the law.

  • Raleigh Rose May 3, 8:32 a.m.
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    He knowingly broke a law, why shouldn't he suffer the consequences? If he has a clean record it will probably be pleaded down to a misdemeanor and then hopefully this kid will learn a valuable life lesson. And if this kid didn't know better, then his parents certainly should have. This is my high school, and even way back when I was in high school we knew better than to bring guns on school property. It's really not that hard of a concept.

  • Robert Fotch Jr May 3, 6:39 a.m.
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    That's right, ruin a kids life for something all of us did when we were in high school. What a shame America has come to this.