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Hillside High student accused of bringing gun on campus

Posted October 8, 2012
Updated October 9, 2012

— An 18-year-old Hillside High School student was arrested Monday after he brought a loaded .45-caliber pistol onto school grounds, according to the Durham County Sheriff's Office.

Kelvin Thomas Owens, of 4 Savi Court, was arrested about 9 a.m. A sheriff's deputy saw him acting suspiciously with a group of young men off campus, according to the sheriff's office.

When Owens returned to school a short time later, he smelled of marijuana and was searched by school administrators and deputies, who found a loaded Hi-Point JHP .45 caliber pistol, authorities said. No one was hurt.

Owens was charged with possession of a firearm on educational property and was being held in the Durham County jail under a $5,000 bond. He is also on probation for a Sept. 19 conviction of breaking and entering into a vehicle and larceny, according to the sheriff's office.

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  • Disabled Vet Oct 9, 12:18 p.m.

    Why is he "accused" if he was caught red handed with a weapon in his possession?

  • piene2 Oct 9, 11:09 a.m.

    "Maybe if we hold the parents responsible for their childrens actions. Yes he is 18 but he is in H.S. and a public school, he might not know who is father is but he probably living with his mother. Drag his parents into court and and throw the book at them all.
    lopo"

    His parent(s) may well be living the NRA version of the American dream and packing six shooters themselves.

  • lopo Oct 9, 10:06 a.m.

    Maybe if we hold the parents responsible for their childrens actions. Yes he is 18 but he is in H.S. and a public school, he might not know who is father is but he probably living with his mother. Drag his parents into court and and throw the book at them all.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 9, 9:43 a.m.

    You shouldn't be allowed in school with a felony charge!

    OzzzMan
    October 8, 2012 7:04 p.m.
    ........While I don't agree with this, since there are many below the age of 18 in schools with felon charges. But, you maybe on to something for an age cut off for felon in schools. If your over 18 or certainly 20 I don't think you should be in a regular school. (I'm thinking back to the 18 year old freshman in school with 14 years old.). They should be in an adult class some where else.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 9, 9:34 a.m.

    Bond is way too low. Already on probation, he should not have any bond.

  • Plenty Coups Oct 9, 9:33 a.m.

    western-"What is this criminal doing in a public high school when he is on probation already for serious criminal charges."

    Have to agree with your comment. At what point does the right of a student to get an education get taken away? Is it better to keep a discipline problem in school so that they interfere with the ability of other students to learn safely? One thing is for sure, he should never be allowed back into a public school.

  • twatkinsntp Oct 9, 8:55 a.m.

    The only reason this loser was on campus was to continue to sell his drugs and keep up with business. And to the reporter that wrote this story it is a Hi-Point .45 caliber pistol loaded with JHP ammo (Jacketed Hollow Point). If you are going to report the news get it right.

  • Crabbit Cratur Oct 9, 8:47 a.m.

    In a country that had sane gun laws the main question would how the heck did he get hold of a gun like that?

    "If a gun is laying on a table, it's not going to kill anybody, until a person with no responsibility or respect, picks it up."

    and if it doesn't exist at all then its not going ever kill anyone......and since humans are inherently irresponsible....not having guns lying around seems a better solution.

    "See how well those "gun laws" work that the anti-gun crowd is always pushing?"

    There are zero effective gun laws in the USA which is exactly what the gun lobby wanted. Easy access to guns means criminals get them easily which increases gun crime which increases gun sales and down we go......thousands die each year so the gun industry owners can get a little richer.

  • westernwake1 Oct 9, 8:38 a.m.

    What is this criminal doing in a public high school when he is on probation already for serious criminal charges.

  • OzzzMan Oct 8, 7:04 p.m.

    You shouldn't be allowed in school with a felony charge!

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