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Cardinal Gibbons H.S. Principal Surprised About Allegations Against Students

Posted February 28, 2005

— Cardinal Gibbons High School is back in school after being on winter break. The school's principal said he was flabbergasted to hear two students were in trouble and that there may be many others involved.

From a classroom to a courtroom, Douglas Driver faces a long list of larceny and burglary charges. Driver and Christopher Holt, both football players, are accused of stealing items out of the cars and garages of classmates in Holly Springs.

Police say they were caught in the act, even using walkie talkies to communicate. It is an act that Brother Michel Bettigole, principal of Cardinal Gibbons, finds hard to understand.

"Stealing is against the moral law of everybody. It's not even a religious thing," he said.

Bettigole said the seniors were B-plus students who have aspirations to play college football. With no disciplinary problems in four years at the Catholic school, Bettigole said the charges came as a shock.

"It just became more and more upsetting," he said.

Holly Springs police said the two teens confessed to at least 30 more property crimes in north Raleigh. Plus, police say Driver and Holt implicated dozens of other students -- allegations Raleigh detectives are now investigating.

Bettigole said if more students are involved, he will have to ask himself why.

"I'd look back and say, 'Did we miss something,'" he said.

The high school is waiting to hear all the facts before deciding the students' status. Administrators are considering suspension and even expulsion.

Holt is out on $100,000 bond. On Monday, a judge reduced Driver's bond to $10,000. He made bond late Monday afternoon. Under the conditions of his release, he will have to obey a curfew.


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