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Student, Teacher Witness Accused Captor's Plea

Posted January 29, 2007

— A teen accused of holding a student and a teacher hostage at a Chapel Hill school last spring pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity to several charges Monday.

Police said William Foster entered a East Chapel Hill High School classroom on April 24 and threatened to kill civics teacher Lisa Kukla and a student, Chelsea Slegal. The teen was armed with a shotgun, an air pistol and a hunting knife, police said.

Kukla was eventually able to talk Foster into firing the weapon out the window. Foster ran from the school and was later arrested on kidnapping and assault charges.

Both Kukla and Slegal were at Monday's hearing.

"I just felt like the best way to get over my fear was by seeing him again," Slegal said. "I just hope people take from what's happened to me and try to help other schools so that our communities are safe."

"This is more about the community; it's not just about me," Kukla said. "I hope that people are paying attention to this case because it did happen in a school and it did happen to a teacher and a student, but it could've been anyone."

Foster has been undergoing psychiatric treatment for months in Raleigh. He was returned to Dorothea Dix Hospital after the court hearing and is scheduled to appear in court again in March.

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  • jeneric43 Jan 30, 2007


  • Toni Jan 30, 2007

    jeneric43..im not saying they should all hurt themselves BUT...if they get in the killing mood I think they should work it out on themselves instead of innocent people.

  • 0 Tolerance aka Ms.Turner Jan 30, 2007

    "wow. sounds like you worship a pretty impotent god if he has to rely on mere mortals to put him into school." See it's stupid comments like this from ignorant people like the person who made it that gets to me. Ignorance is so contagious and it seems like there is no cure for chris.dot.nelson420

  • Lefty Jan 30, 2007

    You won't think him so impotent when you face him one day.

  • Matthew 19_21 Jan 30, 2007

    yeah, just give me a sign invisible sky god.

  • Mrs. Fabulous Jan 30, 2007

    Lord God please forgive and prove yourself to chris.nelson420!!! And when you do prove yourself to him, make it so plain that it's only obvious that it's you! Bless him dear Father! Amen.

  • Execution Style Jan 30, 2007

    good point chris nelson...

  • Matthew 19_21 Jan 29, 2007

    wow. sounds like you worship a pretty impotent god if he has to rely on mere mortals to put him into school.

  • I_love_ the_ News Jan 29, 2007

    Get prayer & God back into the School systems....that is the problem.
    No prayer, No God, what do you expect of course the Devil is going to make his home in the School systems.

    Parents pray over your children when they leave for school, because you never know what they are going to face during the day.
    God help America

  • Ban One Jan 29, 2007

    "Sorry kid; YOU ARE GUILTY, but we have some very good mental health professionals in prison. Hope you get it worked out. See you in 20 years."

    Wouldn't that be nice to hear from a judge.