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Principal considers cutting activities after shooting at Westover High

Posted March 9, 2009

— Principal Mark A. Smith is considering canceling some after-school activities after a boy was shot in a Westover High School parking lot Friday night.

Smith said Monday that no changes were in effect yet and that he was “looking at” whether some events should be scrapped. He said he had no plans to cancel any athletic events at the school.

Cumberland County deputies arrested Terrance Donnell Johnson Jr., 19, of 1358 Worstead Road, Friday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and discharging a firearm on school property.

Investigators said that Johnson and several other people got into an argument during the fashion show shortly after 10 p.m. They moved outside and started to fight in a parking lot.

Shots were fired, and a stray bullet hit a ninth-grade boy in the foot as he was walking out of the high school at 2465 Gillespie St., investigators said. School officials did not name the boy.

Johnson appeared in court Monday where a judge set bond of $50,000.


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  • didisaythat Mar 10, 2009

    They should enforce rules at the school and all functions. All people entering the facility you have to buy a ticket (that will stop the people that don't want to be there not to enter) show ID and pass through a metal detector. No hanging out in the parking lot. Have the Po Po there to run the trouble makers off or to jail...

  • meh2 Mar 9, 2009

    Hope and change, baby. And pass the ammunition...

  • Tired Of Excuses Mar 9, 2009

    A shooting at Westover? Say it isn't so. I went to a Basketball game there once a few years ago, wasn't all that impressed with the characters allowed to "hang out" who clearly were not students.
    Personally I think there should be armed guards with metal detectors at all public schools. It will, dare I say it, "create jobs" and hopefully save a life.

  • due_whats_right Mar 9, 2009

    I don't think cancelling all events will work. Students are shot on buses, at games, etc. This is one incident and while we certainly don't want it to happen again, you cannot punish all for a few. For those who are not connected to school, a fashion show is usually hosted by students as a fundraiser. It allows the talents of those young people to be used in the public while raising money. There is a lot of "real world" learning that takes place in hosting one of these events. I guess you just want pencil and paper learning, huh? I guess that is safer.

  • BELLA28 Mar 9, 2009

    Fashion shows? Hmmm....would that be extra credit for Designing 101? Unless they were showing off the new styles of uniforms that should be in all schools, then really there is no purpose.

  • PaulRevere Mar 9, 2009

    Why are we wasting energy at schools for fashion shows?


    I guess the name calling or whatever was made you so mad that you had to shoot someone. Now because of this.. U are going to Jail and will have a record. You know something, I hope you have lots of time to think about what you did. I guess you dont need school or an education because you obviously dont realize what you did has ruined your life as well as the fella who got shot...

  • ambidextrous cat Mar 9, 2009

    I never would have thought that getting into an argument meant that I had to pull out a gun. Choosing to solve problems the violent way often injures innocent people. Perhaps the man was threatened by someone else first, but still why should teenagers pay for the bad decisions of adults? Before acting it's best to consider who your actions will affect other people.

  • aintbackingdwn Mar 9, 2009

    Coward - how about punishing and permanently expelling those involved. Jungle justice - when in doubt cut the entire forest down.

  • juppinjack Mar 9, 2009

    Man charged in teen's shooting...kinda says it all...at some point you should be outa high school!