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Gang Concerns Prompt Tighter Security in Sampson County

Posted September 21, 2007

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— Security was tightened Friday night at high school football games in Sampson County after 10 teens were held hostage in a Salemburg home last weekend.

Two armed men and an accomplice entered a house at 1185 N. Salemburg Highway at about 1 a.m. Sunday and ordered the 10 Lakewood High School students inside to empty their pockets and lie on the floor, authorities said. The gunmen fired several shots inside the home, but no one was injured.

The teens were held at gunpoint for several hours, and one of the gunmen forced them to smoke marijuana and tried to force them to perform sexual acts upon each another, authorities said. The gunmen later fled.

Terrance O'Brian Parker, 20, and Wayne Bernard Fleming, 20, both of 111 Myrtle Road in Roseboro, and Orman Rashan Carroll, 21, of 267 Hanson Road in Clinton, have been charged in the case.

Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said the incident appears to be gang-related.

"We have the same problems in rural Sampson County that your bigger metropolitan areas have. The only difference is it's not on as large a scale," Thornton said.

The sheriff said he plans to beef up patrols at schools across the county, including functions like athletic games. Sampson County Schools also plan to require fans at football games to pass through metal detectors.

School Superintendent Stewart Hobbs said he wants to boost gang awareness in area schools. Concerns about clothes with gang symbols could even lead to a policy requiring all students to wear uniforms, he said.

"I'm not saying we're going to them. I'm just saying I think it's an opportune time for our school board to visit school uniforms," Hobbs said. "Rural communities have got to wake up and open their eyes and accept that there's a problem out there."

The school district has provided counselors at Lakewood High since the kidnapping.

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  • tmedlin Sep 23, 2007

    Harrison Bergeron - why do you feel the need to take this story and use it to bash the military? Must be a lib

  • NZ Sep 22, 2007

    End the Drug war, bring back Corporal Punishment in schools, judicial canings in prisons plus a color blind justice and stuff like this will go away.

    It hasn't been to long since Sampson County put stopped spanking kids. You'll see a rise in this kind of stuff as more kids go through school without any ramifications.

    Additionally, if drugs weren't criminalized you wouldn't have people robbing for a fix. These boys just wanted to try to prove they were gansters. They should get the singapore (caning) treatment and one strike. Killings should be an automatic death penalty.

  • Harrison Bergeron Sep 22, 2007

    "We need to take these thugs and send them to the front lines in the military then we'll see how tough they are!" -mindyourown

    mindyourown,
    In the past we couldn't do that, but now that the Army has lowered its standards, it will now take warm bodies that in the past it would have considered completely un-trainable, that is, borderline retarded.

    According to the article: "School Superintendent Stewart Hobbs said he wants to boost gang awareness in area schools. Concerns about clothes with gang symbols could even lead to a policy requiring all students to wear uniforms, he said"

    According to the USDOJ OJP, "47 percent of gang members were
    Hispanic, 31 percent African American, 13 percent white, 7 percent Asian, and 2 percent “other.” The distribution of race/ethnicity of gang members varied little across measurement years."

    It seems that an increase in minority population is a good indicator of gang activity, much like it is for violent crime.

  • NCMOMof3 Sep 22, 2007

    wait,wait, the NAACP will be all over this one soon, I'm sure it's just a matter of figuring out exactly how the rights of these fine upstanding young men have been violated. I say that sarcastically but I'm sure it will happen sooner rather than later. I have no earthly idea of the race of the 10 hostages and, personally, find the information irrelevant. I do hope an example is made of these 3 men because the message that has been sent to your youth is that crime does pay and a life of gangs and drugs often times look better than staying in school and working hard to make something of your life. We have to get tough on crime, gangs, and drugs. No matter the color, no matter the age, and no matter family money. Our teens need a tough message. School uniforms might not be a popular notion but it would cut down on gang colors. (sorry kids!)

  • Feisty Redneck Diva Sep 21, 2007

    mindyourownbusiness - do not send them to the front of the line of the military please. You must be able to follow orders there or you will get yourself and a lot of others killed. I say we send them to tent prisons (like in AZ) at both the southern and northern borders and have them start building that fence. Kill two birds with one stone- make them long to be free (and hopefully change their ways) and build a fence to close our borders so we can get control of the illegal immigration problem.

  • mindyourown Sep 21, 2007

    Blame it on the drugs! I mean, look at these thugs! They're probably just like the thugs in Moore County that killed an 11 year girl today, robbery for money and items to sell for drug money! Senseless...why can't people just do the right thing? We need to take these thugs and send them to the front lines in the military then we'll see how tough they are!