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Deputies: Gun, drugs found on fifth-grader

Posted September 23, 2008
Updated September 24, 2008

— Halifax County sheriff's deputies say they found a gun and drugs on a fifth grade student.

"It is a rural, small elementary school,” Halifax schools spokesman Keith Hoggard said.

Hoggard said a student came to Dawson Elementary School, 6878 Old 125 Road in Scotland Neck, last week with a loaded handgun in his bookbag.

"This was a shock,” Hoggard said.

Deputies say the 10-year-old boy showed off the weapon to other students on the school bus and in class. No students reported seeing the gun until the school day was over, deputies said.

"We are lucky nobody was hurt,” said Lt. Bobby Martin with the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office.

A deputy said when he pulled the boy aside the next day at school, he found drugs.

"He found a dime bag, which is a small amount of marijuana,” Hoggard said.

Marijuana was also found on another student, Hoggard said. That student was 11 years old.

"It is hard for somebody my age to understand,” Hoggard said.

It was not immediately clear where the students got the weapon and drugs. Deputies said they are looking into whether their parents will face charges.


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  • lawpirate is still around Sep 24, 2008

    Dr. Dataclerk, you took the words right out of my mouth. there are no excuses. The parents shoulder ALL of the responsibility in this case.

  • familyfour Sep 24, 2008

    The parents should have to anti-up on this one. Ten and eleven years old...this is truly sad.

  • Cragsdale Sep 24, 2008

    I don't believe what is being infered by Batcave means over the last 30 years Travised. I'm going out on a limb here, but I would guess that folks such as yourself ane I while growing up were taught the responsible way of dealing with guns and what they were for and the potential they had for serious harm. What I think Batcave is pointing to is in much more recent times of perhaps the past 5-10 years in which there has been a virtual explosion of children carrying handguns to school. I'm not agreeing with the statement but I'm not going to disagree if what I have said here is more in line with the purpose of that statement. Just my opinion.

  • fletchermse Sep 24, 2008

    "statisticaly kids who have easy access to a gun , means the male of the household has a criminal record."

    Statistically people on the internets make false statements.

    I'd love to see you back this up.

  • ibbott41 Sep 24, 2008

    This is a good opportunity to send a good message to the communities. Just yesterday students died in a shooting in a catering school in Finland. one student was beating at Wakefield High in Raleigh. What or who is next? We do not need another Columbine School episode here, These kids and their parents have to be confronted and punished so others will learn. Any drastic measures are better that crying for death students.

  • Travised Sep 24, 2008

    BATCAVE Not so. Unless you have a link to back that up. Before state required gun locks in homes with children, when I was younger I sure as heck knew where the guns and ammo were. Didn't touch it unless Dad was around. Number of years later I obtained my Safety Cert from the state and had my own 12 gauge and it went on that shelf. Now they reside in a lockable safe always locked.

    No criminal records, just avid hunters.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 24, 2008

    Meanwhile, the principal should have an assembly with all students and let them know they were wrong in not telling that the student had a gun. The principal should let them know what could have happen had the gun went off and costed someone's life.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Sep 24, 2008

    I believe the best solution for the gun-toting 10 year old would be to remove him from his home immediately. Put him in a home where the parents there would look out for his welfare, teach him and discipline and love him too. Now, bio-parents should be arrested and tried in courts for not looking out for welfare and safety of their child. They need to face these serious consequences. This should not be allowed to swept under the rug. This young 10 year old is heading for prison if someone don't help him to turn his life around. Pray for this family.

  • KermitDFrog Sep 24, 2008

    I guess the lemonade stand is "old school".

    I am truly struggling to understand this.

  • vote4changeASAP Sep 24, 2008

    A sure sign that the family unit is failing and deteriorating a extremely rapid pace.