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Campbell bans student from campus after lockdown

Posted November 10, 2011
Updated November 12, 2011

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— Campbell University on Thursday expelled a student who engaged law enforcement in a three-hour standoff Wednesday afternoon and banned him from campus.

Deputies were trying to serve a warrant on freshman Jared Dale Knight, 24, when he barricaded himself inside a private home on Dr. McKoy Road at the northwest corner of Campbell's campus.

The incident put the Buies Creek campus on lockdown for much of the afternoon until the Harnett County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was able to persuade him to surrender.

Deputies seized two rifles and four handguns from the house, and Knight was charged with six counts of illegal firearms possession. A judge ordered him held under a $400,000 bond following a brief court hearing Wednesday morning.

Although Campbell prohibits possession of firearms on campus, university spokesman Britt Davis said the decision to kick Knight out of school and off campus was a direct result of the standoff and not because he violated university policy.

"In light of the charges he faces in Wake County and Harnett County, the administration felt it was in the best interest of the university and the community that he be dismissed and prohibited from returning to university property," Davis said.

Campbell's decision means that, if Knight posts bond, he won't be allowed back into the house he rents on campus – the site of the standoff.

Although the tension of Wednesday afternoon had faded by Thursday morning, many Campbell students were still in shock over the incident.

"You’re a student here first and I felt fairly safe, and now I’m just kind of shaken up," junior Chante Clark said.

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Clark, who lives next door to Knight's house, said she was so upset by the standoff and his arrest that she slept someplace else Wednesday night.

"I’m glad that he barricaded himself in his house and wasn’t out and about with his weapon," she said.

"Everyone felt completely unsafe when they first heard it because the rumor that first went around was that there was a gunman on campus," said sophomore Molly Hudson, editor of the Campbell Times campus newspaper.

The paper coincidentally ran a story Wednesday morning about Campbell's policy against guns on campus. A local gun shop also took out an ad in the paper.

"I think students (who opposed the policy) have mostly changed their minds," Hudson said.

According to data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Campbell reported eight crimes on campus last year. Six were burglaries, and the other two were vehicle thefts. Records also show there have been no weapons charges on campus in at least three years.

Knight was first arrested by Fuquay-Varina police on Tuesday on a charge of larceny by employee. The charge stemmed from the theft of an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle from the Sovereign Guns shop in town, where Knight worked.

Kiran Frampton, the owner of Sovereign Guns, said security video showed Knight stashing the weapon in a bag.

Frampton said he noticed Wednesday that six more weapons were missing from the shop, and investigators were dispatched to Campbell to question Knight, who had been released after posting bond, and search for the guns.

Harnett County Sheriff Larry Rollins said Knight was able to slip out of handcuffs as his deputies were putting him in custody. He then ran into a bedroom where the guns were stored and locked the door behind him, the sheriff said.

Knight made no threats during the negotiations, Rollins said, and the standoff ended peacefully.

Daimon Knight, who spoke with WRAL News by phone from his home in Lubbock, Texas, said his son is an Iraq war veteran, and he believes that he could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, noting that he acted differently following his deployment.

Military officials said in court records that there was no evidence to link Knight's PTSD to his service in Iraq.

Knight received a bad-conduct discharge from the Air Force in January 2009 for taking about $10,600 in military property for his own use. Military police found him in possession of the property after he was arrested and charged with impersonating a Texas wildlife officer, according to military court records.

Campbell conducted a background check on Knight before allowing him to rent the house on campus, but Davis said the military charges didn't appear on it. He said he couldn't speculate on whether Knight would have been allowed into the house if the university had known about the case and his discharge.

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  • Sherlock Nov 11, 7:59 p.m.

    Are they going to refuned his payments ot the school, no they will keep the money and still file withtheh governmetn to collect.

  • BigfootBeliever Nov 11, 1:05 p.m.

    matthewsv72, May I suggest that you check your information before you accuse someone of not having accurate information. It was reported Wednesday during the stand-off, that the items stolen from the military included firearms. If you are claiming that information is not accurate then you issue is with the news media. My primary concern is the safety of innocent students. This guy had a "criminal" record. If the theft had occurred outside of the military, it would been a felony.

  • dldobbins Nov 11, 11:03 a.m.

    Campbell is a christian school and they believe in people. They banned him from school for the standoff with police. Campbell is a good school and the faculty and staff go above and beyond to help their students but they have a to think about the other students on campus. It was a good decision to make.

  • matthewsv72 Nov 10, 7:34 p.m.

    @VirginiaBorn.... He bought several weapons, passed the ATF check.. It must not be on his record... The Air Force didn't say he stole guns, either. You really need to know what your talking about before posting stuff....Thanks and have a blessed day. If you make it way hard for young people to get into school, you will see a decline in education. WE need to give them a chance. It's hard enough getting a job without college, don't make it impossible for those who are good, but made a mistake in there young past. No need in a background check for college.

  • geosol Nov 10, 7:21 p.m.

    The man needs help, let's make sure he gets it. It's the least we can do as a decent society for those who serve our country. Only we should do MORE!!!

  • thepeopleschamp Nov 10, 7:03 p.m.

    "Work out his issues and the release him on bail" sunshine1040

    And you would be ok if he lived beside where your child goes to school?

  • k2tal38 Nov 10, 6:57 p.m.

    Did he really think he would be able to go back to class?

  • BigfootBeliever Nov 10, 6:55 p.m.

    Campbell has some questions to answer regarding admissions procedures and background checks. How does a young man, who was less than honorable discharged from the Air Force for stealing weapons, end up on a college campus? Not to mention obtain a job at a local gun store. Backgrounds are critical. They can save lives. If VT had properly evaluated student backgrounds, the young man responsible for the VT massacre would have never been on campus. 33 people lost their lives.

  • MudLife Nov 10, 6:31 p.m.

    a youth minister really? Can't get into heaven stealing!

  • sunshine1040 Nov 10, 5:06 p.m.

    Lets blame everthing on PTSD the military has bee all volunteer for many years. Folks a lot of folks have problems and they were never in the military. Lets put the blame where it belongs, not on the military or the parents or on the tv or video games it goes right back to personal choice

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