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Teacher Charged With Attempted Murder

Posted October 4, 2007

— A Northern Nash High School teacher was charged with attempted first-degree murder after a break-up argument escalated into gunfire, police said Thursday.

Brenda Dean Wilkins, 42, and her boyfriend, John Moore, were breaking up when they argued outside a home at 538 Dexter St. in Rocky Mount on Monday. Wilkins shot Moore once, and witnesses said he ran down the street, knocking on doors for help.

"He was screaming, and he asked me to call the police," witness Frances Arrington said. "He was knocking on the door, saying, 'I've been shot. I've been shot. Would you call 911?'"

Wilkins followed Moore down the street to Arrington's doorstep, police said.

"I came back to the door and looked out. I never opened the door," Arrington said. "And that's when I saw him slumped on the steps, and this lady was standing in front of him holding a gun."

Arrington said she stepped back from the door and then heard four more shots.

Moore was remained hospitalized Thursday evening, but was listed in stable condition.

Wilkins, of 4950 Travis Road in Whitakers, was released from jail Thursday morning on a $19,000 bond. The school system suspended her with pay, a Nash- Rocky Mount Public Schools spokeswoman said.

District administrators declined to comment further on the case, noting the allegations are part of a criminal investigation.

Wilkins, a family and consumer science teacher, started work at Northern Nash in February 2007.

Diana Brothers and Jessie Bryant, who have two girls at Northern Nash, said the serious charges concern them.

"My kids told me about it, and I was surprised. I was shocked," Brothers said.

"I don't think she should have shot him and tried to kill him," Bryant said. "I really don't."


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  • jhnewman Oct 5, 2007


  • Harrison Bergeron Oct 5, 2007


    Let me summarize that for you. While you may be concerned about how much money is stolen in property crimes and "white-collar" crimes, it pales in comparison to the losses we endure as a result of violent crime.

    Furthermore, In case you may be thinking that whites are more likely to commit white-collar offenses than blacks ( fraud, embezzlement, bribery/conflict of interest, and racketeering), I have to inform you that is not the case. Blacks are 4x more likely to commit fraud, 5x for bribery, and 3x for both embezzlement and racketeering (Source:BJS FJSRC)

    Any other thoughts?

  • Harrison Bergeron Oct 5, 2007


    As much as 10 to 20 percent of mental health care expenditures in the United States may be attributable to crime, primarily for victims treated as a result of their victimization. These estimates do not include any treatment for perpetrators of violence.

    Four out of five gunshot victims are on public assistance or uninsured, costing taxpayers an estimated 4.5 billion dollars a year. (Sources: DOJ OJP OVS, DOJ Uniform crime Reports)

  • Harrison Bergeron Oct 5, 2007


    Figuring you may not have the motivation to follow through with your thought, I've been doing some research on your hypothesis:

    I cannot find the raw numbers for breakdown of costs of each crime category, only roll-ups. What I found even startles me:

    The Costs of Crime (annual):

    Robberies direct losses only accounted for $500 million
    Property crimes direct losses were $15 billion

    Violent crime: $426 billion
    Property Crime: $24 billion

    Rape: $127 billion
    Assault: $93 billion
    Murder: $61 billion

    Personal crime is estimated to cost $105 billion annually in medical costs, lost earnings and public program costs related to victim assistance. When pain, suffering, and the reduced quality of life are assessed, the costs of personal crime increases to an estimated $450 billion annually. Violent crime results in lost wages equivalent to one percent of American earnings.

  • earthmom5 Oct 5, 2007

    why does it seem that educators and politicians aways get suspended with pay?......sorry for the typos before

  • earthmom5 Oct 5, 2007

    why does it seem tat educators and politicians always get suspened

  • commonsense2 Oct 5, 2007

    attempted murder....$19,000 bond
    makes no sense at all. i've arrested people on property crimes that have got a higher bond than that.

  • jhnewman Oct 5, 2007

    It is extremely tempting to delve into numbers and statistics, which can reveal some semblance of reality. However, real-life numbers (real bodies, tried in real courts, serving real time in real prisons and real jails for real crimes) cannot be ignored.

    For example: this link below shows a very interesting aspect concerning "opportunistic" crime based on a "moving fertile ground for profit from violent crime".

    Look at it. Think about it. Then, fold that into the "numbers game".


  • NCTeacher4327 Oct 5, 2007

    She shot him once, and she chased him down the street to shoot him four more times on someone's doorstep. That's not self-defense; that's crazy. If she was terrified of him, she shouldn't have chased him, and her mugshot looks a little too smug and put together for someone who was getting abused.

  • BlowupDollWithChatAmbitions Oct 5, 2007

    Back to the issue at hand...look at this post on NC Wanted about teachers gone wild: