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Teacher, accused of shooting college student, suspended

Posted January 28, 2009

— Wake County school officials have suspended a Longview School teacher accused of shooting a North Carolina Wesleyan College women's basketball player during a kidnapping attempt last week.

Greg Thomas, a Wake County Public School System spokesman said Wednesday that Dawn Perry, 44, was suspended with pay following the Jan. 18 incident, which began in a parking lot at the college.

Nash County Sheriff Dick Jenkins said Perry, of 659 Hodges Road, Franklinton, had driven to the school in Rocky Mount to see Jessica Perry, 18, a freshman player on the N.C. Wesleyan team.

At some point, the two argued, and Dawn Perry allegedly pressed a gun into Jessica Perry's side and forced her into her car and drove off.

Jenkins said Dawn Perry told investigators she was fumbling with the gun when it went off, shooting Jessica Perry in the leg. Dawn Perry then drove her to the hospital, where she was treated for injuries and later released.

Investigators said they are not sure what prompted the argument. The women are not related, but Jenkins said Jessica Perry told them the suspect is like a godmother to her.

Dawn Perry was charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was out of jail Wednesday under a $40,000 bond.

Dawn Perry worked in the Franklin County Schools system for eight years and was a basketball coach at Terrell Lane Middle School in Louisburg while Jessica Perry played there, authorities said.

The Franklin Times reported Wednesday that while she worked for the school system, Dawn Perry was placed on administrative leave for a fight with a 16-year-old student.

She has been employed at Longview School, a special-needs middle and high school in Raleigh, since August 2007, the school system said.


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  • rargos Jan 28, 2009

    "Dawn Perry was charged with first-degree kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. She was out of jail Wednesday under a $40,000 bond."

    A $40,000 bond? You shoot someone while trying to kidnap them and they let you out on bond?

    The liberal solution to this issue would be, of course, banning guns.

  • jazzieb2yaknow Jan 28, 2009

    um honestly im one of her students from last year an this is really just one sad thing that has happend she is a very good teacher one of the best that really cares about her students. i was very sad to hear that this had happend and i will be missing her at school i hope everything works out ok for her

  • determined2win Jan 28, 2009

    I absolutely enjoy reading these stories in the news; it makes me appear totally normal & dull -

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 28, 2009

    could ever just 'happen' to any of us.

    You betcha.

  • venitapeyton Jan 28, 2009

    Here's the first full story, followed by the second. And no, nothing like this could ever just 'happen' to any of us.



  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 28, 2009

    What was this teacher doing with a gun on school campus? Yes, she should be charged to the fullest extent the laws allows.

  • oldfirehorse Jan 28, 2009

    Very true, shooting people and kidnapping are very bad decisions.

  • kellyaustin96 Jan 28, 2009

    There is a whole lot to this story that has not been reported.

    Is this a romantic relationship? Is the teacher in the habit of carrying guns? The reason this is key, because Longview is the repository for children the traditional schools will not take care of. Would we want one of these children to have easy access to a weapon?

    What are the employment requirements for special education teachers in Wake County? Must walk and chew gum at the same time? Must kidnap and load weapon simultaneously/

    At first glance this situation seems tailor made for a Lifetime movie.

    I will suggest the title: "My student, her fan, my obssession, her kidnapping." Key the sappy music!

  • oldfirehorse Jan 28, 2009

    Um...no...I for one would not expect my employer to "respect" me by continuing to pay me to sit at home and not work. How about speaking for yourself in the future. Perhaps WRAL could do a follow up article and publish some of the uncontested facts in the case so that some of us could rest assured that this person has not been wrongly accused of these dismissible offenses. I am not sure, but I would bet that Wake County Schools does not require a person to be convicted of a crime to be dismissed? I am also fairly confident that the police were not having such a slow day that they had to go out and wrongly accuse this person of carrying a firearm on to a school campus, firing said weapon, resulting in serious bodily injury, and then kidnapping? I suppose it's possible, but is it likely enough to continue spending tax dollars to pay the accused person's salary? Maybe the school system could check some of the facts themselves? Oh, but wait, then they might get sued, oh well.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Jan 28, 2009

    You are such a good friend. Explain to us all why your teacher friend went looking for this student with a gun, and the kidnapping. Will be waiting for your reponse. :)