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Security Threats Put 2 Wake Schools on Lockdown

Posted May 1, 2007

— A former Knightdale High School student was taken into custody Tuesday after threatening people in the school cafeteria, officials said.

It was unclear whether the threats were directed at other students or school staff.

Principal Carla Jernigan called police when she learned the former student was on campus, and the former student was taken into custody, said Michael Evans, spokesman for the Wake County school system.

The school was placed on lockdown during the 15-minute incident, Evans said.

Also, Athens Drive High School in Raleigh was placed on lockdown Tuesday as a precaution after police received "security-related information" from someone outside the school, said Jim Sughrue, spokesman for the Raleigh Police Department. He declined to provide details.


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  • poohperson2000 May 3, 2007

    Steve Crisp

    That is funny in another blog you mentioned having an autistic and a child with ADD that "you are involved with". Perhaps you have worked around these kids, but surely the teachers do not feel they are wasting their time as you suggested. If I were the parants and someone with your attitude was "involved" with my kid, I would rethink my choices too.

  • Steve Crisp May 3, 2007

    Nope. Not a teacher. I just know a lot of kids. And the sorry thing is that the ones I know are in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. By that time, the real losers have already dropped out. Even so, half of what is left wouldn't have survived through the eighth grade when I was in school. Or the sixth grade when my parents were in school.

    And I'm not the one doing the damage. The damage is being done by liberal administrators and teachers who have forgotten how to teach, parents (presuming there are even two left in the household) who don't care about their kids, and the kids themselves who would rather play video games (and engage in other mindless tripe) than study.

  • poohperson2000 May 2, 2007

    Steve Crisp

    I think you are exaggerating a little bit about the kids and their parents. I think you are a jaded teaching professional that needs to just quit before you do more damage.

  • Steve Crisp May 2, 2007

    Teachers lie.
    Adminsitrators lie.
    School board members lie.
    And if you try to get at the real story they threaten to arrest you for creating a disturbance.
    I ask, just how can calmly asking questions concerning your child's academics or well being can be considered creating a disturbance?

    It's simple. They don't want to answer the questions because it will make them look bad.

    Our school system stinks. Half the kids forced to go there are completely incompetent. And their parents should be forced to go back to school themselves because they certainly didn't learn anything the first time around.

  • poohperson2000 May 2, 2007

    Spittin Knowledge
    I lived in Torrance, so it was a fairly nice area. I did have a run in middle school with some girls in a gang that were picking on a friend. We fought- thankfully they were not armed, and prevailed. BUT- the fear, all the harrasing, and threatening phone calls made me scared for a LONG time.
    These kids that think that the gangsters are funny because they are wanna be's need a reality check. There is nothing funny about it.
    You hit the nail on the head when you said where are their parents. That is the problem. People have kids like jack rabbits, and then they ditch their responsibility. It is not just about feeding and putting clothes on your kids, it is about being part of their life, knowing what they are doing and with whom they are doing it with.

  • Spittin Knowledge May 2, 2007

    poohperson2000: where in LA are you from?
    Bein from East LA I agree with you, these so-called gangs around here are small potatoes compared to what big City's such as New York and Los Angeles have. These kids around this area don't know what it is like to be in a real gang so they try and copy what they see on TV or Read on the WRAL webpage.
    Bunch of low life punks. Where are their parents?
    Back in my day my mom made it clear to stay away from gangs if i didnt.. i would pay the ultimate price. Now a days mothers put their kids in "Time out" or take away their Ps3.

  • poohperson2000 May 1, 2007

    It is just hype now, but they will grow. There are states with allot tougher laws than ours. Gangs spread because people have to leave to avoid law enforcement. When they relocate, lifestyles do not change. I laugh too when they mention gangs and Raleigh, because I know the reality is our problem is very small, so far... But I also know what it is like if you accidently cross the line with people like this. Threats, phonecalls, people pushing you as they walk by at school. These things are not funny, and it could be you over something stupid. If you do not think they are "real" gangs, see how my situation given above turns out sometime. Maybe nobody gets hurt, but it will scare the life out of you worrying about it.

  • poohperson2000 May 1, 2007

    They make pocket knives and I am sure a ton of other things that are dangerous that pass through metal detectors. The reason for the panic is everyone knows who the druggies and the gangsters are, and the threat that they pose. The ones that need watching are the ones that are in trouble, and their family does nothing to get involved or help the situtation. These kids are your school shooters. The gangsters and the druggies are problematic, but good kids know who they are and to stay away from them.

  • Stonyhill_fd_429s_angel May 1, 2007

    Its amusing to watch them in schools because you know that they go home and they change into a completely diffrent person. I think that there are security issues in schools. I believe that there should be metal dectors at EVERY entrance of the school no exceptions. If proper safty measures were taken then we (the kids in knightdale) wouldnt have to wake up everyday and feel like theyre threatened when they go into school!

  • poohperson2000 May 1, 2007

    You think that gangsters don't kill people?? Our gangs here have not evolved far yet, but you wait they will. They may not shoot in schools, but they have killed many innocent children and people on the streets. I am from LA and know what gangs are really like, and soon ours will be the same. Maybe you should go talk with your parents about how funny the gangsters and drug addicts are. See what they have to say. Trust me, I do not have all the answers in life (no one does). But these are not "funny" lifestyles to lead.