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One shot at Stanly County high school

Posted September 30, 2014

— Police say a student was shot after an argument at a central North Carolina high school just before school began.

Albemarle Police Chief William Halliburton said 17-year-old Bernard Miller was shot twice – in the hip and the stomach – by classmate Jaylyn Russell around 7:40 a.m. His condition wasn't released.

Halliburton says Russell put down his gun and waited for police.

The school was briefly locked down, and then classes were canceled for the day.

Quitiaya Clark, a friend of Miller, said he was expected to be fine.

"I was at the hospital," she said. "He's gonna be OK."

The chief says the shooting happened in a campus courtyard minutes before classes started. Investigators don't know what the argument was about. Police don't think any other students were involved but they are still interviewing witnesses.

Albemarle is in Stanly County, about 35 miles east of Charlotte.


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  • Alexia Proper Sep 30, 2014
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    Useless idea, really. Many like to make it illegal to allow kids to access guns, take guns to school, etc. Nothing really works, but it was never a problem until recent years.

    When I was in high school, kids brought guns to school daily. They were asked to keep them in their vehicles. Nobody ever got shot or was even threatened with a gun.

    The issue we have today is that something is "broken" in society. It's not guns, though. There is a thought problem or value or respect problem. I don't know what it is, but there is a problem.

    Even kids that got into fights at school would never think of grabbing a gun to get revenge.

    And fighting at school is a whole other thing. There were fights then, with paddlings to follow. Now, they call the police and arrest kids. So, adults are broken, too.

  • unblankenbelievable Sep 30, 2014

    Thought schools were gun free zones.

  • Tammy Harmon Sep 30, 2014
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    Hitting close to home. This kid will learn the hard way that gun violence don't solve the problem but can enhance the problem and he alone ruined his life because he did not know how to solve the problem with communication. Where did he get the gun from ?

  • Claytonmomof2 Sep 30, 2014