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Fayetteville student caught with gun at school

Posted June 2, 2009

— Cumberland County sheriff’s deputies arrested a student at E.E. Smith High School Tuesday morning after finding a gun in his book bag.

Jonathan Britton, 18, of 6716 St. Julian Way, told deputies he brought the gun to school to trade for a motorcycle.

Authorities said that students spotted Britton with the gun, which was not loaded, and reported it to school officials who called the sheriff's office.

Britton was charged with felony possession of a firearm on school campus and was taken to the Cumberland County Detention Center.


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  • ksh33 Jun 4, 2009

    James. Adult students are in college, not high school. Secondly, I would like for you to go to the nearest high school, sit in a few classes, the cafe and check students out getting in and out of the building and tell me which ones are smart enough and mature enough to have a gun? Show me which "true" adults would fit in that category? Schools are too large and dynamic to allow this kind of nonsense. We are not on the prairie. Schools are for educating the minds, not using the nines. Spare me. No one should have a gun on campus, other than the SRO.

  • LibertarianTechie Jun 2, 2009

    ksh33, actually, I believe, that adult students, once registered to carry a gun, and attend a proper training course, should be allowed to carry a concealed gun; same with teachers as well. Same should go to universities as well.

  • RonnieR Jun 2, 2009

    ZMan, in NC, with one exception, you must have a permit from the Sheriff of your County to receive a pistol/revolver.

  • Z Man Jun 2, 2009

    His mama must be VERY proud.

    Of course the motorcycle owner had gun permit IN HAND for the transation. Else that would be illegal too (or is that just Wake County?).

  • RonnieR Jun 2, 2009

    Doug, check NCGS 14-269.2. That will tell you the true story.

  • DougWare.NET Jun 2, 2009


    You can thank our teacher, principal and school board. They all said that it would be against the zero tolerance laws.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jun 2, 2009

    RDUTEC: "But it wasn't that long ago that a number of guys had deer rifels hanging in the back of their pu's. What about pocket knives. When I was in school, every boy carried one. I never heard of any getting stabbed or cut."

    I agree. Same way when I attended school. BUT.... huge difference between then and now.

    Back then, if anything DID happen, our parents would have stripped the flesh from our rear ends. The Liberal society of today would not stand for strict parenting like we had back then. Today, we have kids with no strick standards to live by.

  • yourrapsucks Jun 2, 2009

    load the gun and pop the parents for allowing this to happen. Its the parents making this kind of stuff accesible to children, by the way if you are serving a life sentence and it has been 10 to 15 years you should be terminated then and there, and with the money we save we could amp up school security and put a metal detector at every entrance to every classroom. then your kid will only have to worry about getting stabbed with a spork.

  • RonnieR Jun 2, 2009

    Doug, the law allows weapons for, among other things, instructional purposes. Someone fed you a line of defecation.

  • hollylama Jun 2, 2009

    Someone got snitched on!