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14-Year-Old Charged in Fayetteville School Incident

Posted January 3, 2007
Updated January 4, 2007

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— Cumberland County sheriff's deputies Wednesday charged a 14-year-old boy with three counts of attempted murder and with firing a weapon onto a school campus in connection with a Tuesday incident near Westover High School.

The youth, whose name was not made public, also faces counts of discharging a weapon into an occupied property, possession of a firearm on a school campus and trespassing, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies said the boy had fired one round toward the school on Bonanza Drive about 3 p.m. The round went through the driver's door and lodged in the front seat of a car driven by a 17-year-old who was leaving the school with two other people in the car. None of the three was injured.

The 14-year-old fled on foot and was later caught.

Police did not disclose what kind of gun he used.

The shooting stemmed from a dispute that happened near the school earlier Tuesday and involved several teenagers, deputies said in a statement. It is not clear what caused that dispute, they said. They described the driver of the car as "unsuspecting."

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Debbie Tanna said the 14-year-old was being held at the Cumberland County Juvenile Detention Center and would be arraigned in Juvenile Court at a date that had not been set Wednesday evening.

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  • ladiip2 Jan 4, 2007

    whatever..whatever..whatever...The kid knows what he was doing when he went and got the gun. Parents are not able to hold their kids hand all day everyday, we can only instill in them good values and hope it nests deep in their souls. He was not 5, and accidently shot the gun he thought..planned..executed an action. Where you listening it stemmed from an earlier argument. The parents probaly don't even own the gun.

  • ENC-43 Jan 4, 2007

    Actually, the neighborhood (Foxfire) that is directly across Bonanza from Westover is not mainly populated with military families. It's a high crime, low-ish income area where a shooting is not such an unusual occurance. I graduated from Westover too in 1997, and I've spent enough time in that neighborhood to know.

  • Warden Jan 4, 2007

    I believe that the juvenile should be charged as an adult, and sentenced as one. I also believe that the legally responsible parent(s) should have to pay all court costs and any restitution to the victim and the victim's family, as well as spend time behind bars if the child obtained the gun from them in any way. Yes, as a teenager, you're wise enough to know that murder is wrong. If you're a parent that allows a minor access to a lethal weapon (keeping it unlocked in a purse for example), you should share the consequences.


  • Heard Enough Jan 4, 2007

    Why are people blaming the parents? This is what is wrong with our society today. Everyone is blaming someone else instead of accepting the responsibilty for their own actions. I agree that parents are not involved with their children as they should be but in cases such as this, hold the 14 year old responsible, try him as an adult and put him away.

  • diwanicki Jan 4, 2007

    I agree with most of you here. At the age of 14, you know its wrong to shoot someone. There is no such thing as the perfect parent. You may have raised your child to be caring,loving,compassionate and what ahve you, but when that child becomes rebelious against everything its always blamed on the parents. Yes, many parents depend on the school system to raise their kids. I myself, do not. I was bounced around,got caught up in some stuff but, I never shot anyone. I know thats wrong, I knew that when I was 8yrs. old... Anyways, we don't know what kind of home he came from to say its the parent(s) fault. America needs to wake up and stop blaming everyone and work together to solve the problem(s).. One of the biggest problems I see, is that most of these kids never had a good ass whooping. You may not agree with that, but thats my opinion and I'm entitled to it just as you are yours.

  • hollylama Jan 4, 2007

    I went to Westover and graduated in 1998. I agree that parents should take responsibility but what most people don't realize is that this school and its surrounding neighborhoods are less than 3 minutes from Fort Bragg. In other words, the majority of people that live in the area are of likely military. So then I ask, how are parents expected to cope when the area itself deteriorates as soon as soldiers are sent overseas. Not only financially, but more important socially.

  • ralwood Jan 4, 2007

    You see if you put anything before God you are doomed. Yes it's the parents responsiblity especially when you are talking about a 14yr old child that cant even think for himself. Its sad because now this child has to suffer from the selfishness of his parents stealing time from his life. You are dealing with a whole new generation of youth that needs alot of attention. Leaving a 14yr old to think on their own is like going into a bad neighborhood. These adults that call themseleves fathers, and mothers apparently have no clue what parenting is all about. Keep it simple.

  • spiritwarriorwoman Jan 4, 2007

    Too many parents very selfishly put their careers ahead of their children, choosing to put the child on a "shelf" for certain hours of every day so that they can have the American dream NOW!!! As a result, children are growing up with no no loving leadership having no chance to develop true character.
    Still, a 14-year old fully knows right from wrong, and life from death, and should be charged as an adult for committing an adult crime.
    God bless.
    Rev. RB

  • beas Jan 4, 2007

    I agree with kstor33. Even though some people may not be the best parents and kids may not have the best home life, by the time they are 14 years old they know that trying to kill someone is not the way to express anger. We all need to learn to take responsibility for our actions and not blame someone else.

  • kstor33 Jan 4, 2007

    I grew up in a very dysfunctional family laced with substance abuse and mental/verbal abuse and I never shot anybody. The parents always seem to get the blame. When do we finally stop and realize that WE are responsible for our own actions regardless of what's happened to us. Once children hit about 5-7 years old their peers and the media are their primary influence. Society needs an overhaul...it takes a village to raise a child.