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Gun Found at Panther Creek High

Posted May 8, 2007

— Panther Creek High School students are heading back to class Monday after a gun scare.

Cary police recovered an unloaded revolver on campus, but authorities are not saying much about the investigation.

Two juveniles face charges. No one was hurt.

A recorded message notified parents about the situation.


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  • msudawg May 8, 2007

    According to WCPSS website it is a mandatory 365 day suspension for bringing a firearm onto school grounds. I would assumed they have been kicked out of the school for quite a while, hopefully the parents are forced to pay for some sort of other alternative education for their children.

  • headlong May 8, 2007

    South Granville had one Thursday and Friday which did not even make the News...most Parents did not even get the recorded message left by the school...I got a half of message. We turned to MySpace to get the information.

  • yeah May 8, 2007

    One of the problems facing Panther Creek is that it lacks community. Many students have 11th and 12th grade siblings at different high schools. Most of their former middle school classmates are also at different high schools. Students are being bused in from all over and face future redistricting. My son and his friends are threatened daily at Panther Creek and they have no idea if these bullies are serious threats because no one knows them or their background. Also, 800 apartments across the street from the high school is poor planning on Cary's part!

  • Tired Of Excuses May 8, 2007

    WRAL... When was the gun scare? Was it last Friday? Last Thursday? You mentioned that students were heading back to school Monday after a gun scare. Well, it's Tuesday, and we are just now hearing of this news that sounds like it took place last week? I can't help but think that if this happend anywhere else but Cary it would have been all over the news.
    As far as the two juvenilles are concerned. I think a clear message needs to be sent and hopefully not just a slap on the wrist.

  • asommer May 8, 2007

    The two juveniles, IF found to be responsible, must be held accountable in the highest way possible. A mandatory and permanent expulsion from the state's public school system is the only acceptable punishment for this criminal type of behavior. A 9th or 10th grader who brings an 'unloaded gun' to school today - is an 11th or 12th grader with a loaded one tomorrow.....we must be proactive and avert a future problem when it is very clear to see what's coming. We would be remiss as parents and educators if we do not. The school system and the parents must come together and make an example of this situation, of this student or students, if need be. We have Drug Free School Zones so A zero tolerance Weapons Policy does not seem like such a stretch. It is the only satisfactory resolution. Child or not, it's an adult crime and deserves an adult form of punishment.

  • InhisName aka CaryCrazzy May 8, 2007

    My child goes to Panther Creek, I dont mind if you have to search my child to ensure safety for the other kids. Do what ever you have to do to have safety. Lockem them up if you have to, has anybody forgotten Virginia Tech?

  • wlfpak03 May 8, 2007

    Suspend the kids, get them out of school. If they bring a gun to school - they forfeit all RIGHTS to and free and public education!

  • Mungo May 8, 2007


    Anyone familiar with guns knows an unloaded weapon is just as dangerous as a loaded one. Not in the aspect that the gun will go off all by itself, but the mere fact of brandishing a firearm in public can get you shot.

    Had something happened and one of these kids pulled the gun out to even place it on the ground, an untrained or over stressed police officer should have very easily shot one of these young students.

    Don't get me wrong, I am not an advocate of gun control. But gun ownership takes responsibility.

  • kate21 May 8, 2007

    I know unloaded means no bullets in the gun... what i meant was the bullets could have been hidden somewhere else with a possible intent to use later.

  • Opinionated One May 8, 2007


    I agree that these two kids need to be punished. I only made that statement about the gun being unloaded and no one being hurt in regard to why should we go to outside of normal communication means, as the situation was under control and no one was hurt in this instance.

    In my opinion, a call by phone is enough. Parents should be leaving a contact/emergency contact number with the school that they can likely be reached at, not a number that no one is going to answer or check during the day. While, there are a few individuals that are not fortunate enough to have cell or home phone, a phone communication reaches the majority.

    Unloaded = No bullets in the gun