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Four Kinston High School students charged in hazing incident, BB gun shooting

Posted January 16, 2015

— Four teenagers were charged Thursday after a student at Kinston High School was shot four times with a BB gun in the school's parking lot.

According to investigators, several people asked the victim to get into a white Chevrolet Impala at about 2:45 p.m. When he got inside, one of the four suspects pointed a BB gun at him and the doors of the car were locked.

The victim was shot four times in the arm before being released.

Four students – 16-year-old Tykel Lender, 17-year-old Curtis Car, 16-year-old Jontora Kinsey and 18-year-old Marquis Williams – are each charged with hazing, false imprisonment and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational property. Lender is also charged with simple assault.

All four suspects were placed in the Lenoir County jail under a $500 secured bond. They are expected to appear in court on Feb. 9.

Patrick Holmes, spokesman for Lenoir County Public Schools, said the four suspects were football players, but he does not believe the hazing charges were related to the team.

"They will be disciplined under the student code of conduct," he said.


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  • Ronald Nunn Jan 16, 2015
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    Poor judgement.

  • hourglas Jan 16, 2015

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    Bet you wouldn't be saying that if it was your kid who was shot at !

  • NCCoachSE Jan 16, 2015

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    Funny how things we did are now major crimes.... These kids should get a talking too and sent home, why waste the courts on this and give the kids a criminal record.

  • SAY 'WHAT" ONE MORE TIME! Jan 16, 2015

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    Please stop. You're making my eyes bleed.

  • mustysteer Jan 16, 2015

    Really? Everyone is going to assume it's a hate crime? Does it matter what race the victim was? It's wrong! Period. This is 2015, people. Start acting like it.

  • heard-it-all-before Jan 16, 2015

    ahh the memories. we used to have bb gun wars all the time. hike back home from the woods, covered in welts, school clothes and shoes covered in mud, then mom would put a few more welts on me. we kids had so much fun being little terrorists.

  • Grand Union Jan 16, 2015

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    How so? Sounds more like simply gross stupidity to me.....

  • Anne Walker Jan 16, 2015
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    Hazing? For what group were they allegedly recruiting?