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Security Measures Taken at South Johnston High School

Posted March 6, 2008

— School officials said they have taken security measures at South Johnston High School in the wake of fight last Friday.

Superintendent Tony Parker said a shotgun shell was found in a bathroom at the high school. Law enforcement agents are handling that case, he added.

Parker said he believes the discovery of the shell was fallout from a fight at South Johnston on Friday, Feb. 29. The fight sparked a lot tension among students, and rumors have flown since, Parker said.

Extra security officers were at the school Monday, and security measures have continued throughout the week, the superintendent said.

Parker stressed that the school's principal is working with law enforcement, and security is the school system's top priority. Parker said he feels like South Johnston is as safe as any school in the country.

Parker encouraged parents to talk to their children about the right thing to do. He asked for calm in the school community and for students not to spread or exaggerate rumors.


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  • we-r-just-human Mar 7, 2008

    It's a sad time for the USA.... when children can't even go to school and have to fear for their safety. My grandparents were immigrants and the first thing they taught their children was to learn the American language and culture in order to become an AMERICAN and that instilled pride in this country. The new people who come here have no reason to take pride in their new land. So they seem to have less respect for our laws and culture.

    Now when you call some businesses you have to dial 1 to hear the message in English. Why protect the boaders when we don't enforce our own laws here in the good old USA.

  • original intent Mar 7, 2008

    I think the kid at VA.Tech was Asian??

  • james004 Mar 7, 2008

    I don't agree with you totally "original intent". True, illegals are illegals, but there are certain groups who cause the majority of the problems, and others which cause virtually no problems.

    When's the last time you heard of an Indian, European or Asian kid running around committing crimes or gang-banging? Sure there are Asian gangs in California, but around here they're usually perfect citizens.

    We need to focus on the groups which are committing the majority of the crimes, the Hispanics.

    You can't call is stereotyping when it's backed up by FBI and law enforcement crime data. It's time people quit sugar coating over the facts and focus on the real cause of the problems.

  • MR EVANS Mar 7, 2008

    I wonder will they have seperate assemblies at this school as they did at a middle school earlier this year. This was between two different ethnic groups as well.

  • happy Mar 7, 2008

    My daughter graduated from SJHS in 2002. At that time, the worst fights took place in the parking lot between boys arguing over whose truck tires were bigger or muffler was louder. It's a shame this has happened to the school. I never feared her safety when she went there.

  • original intent Mar 7, 2008

    Thanks Rev RB....This is a pathetic sight,,when your child's school has this problem...I agree all illegals,be they Hispanic,European,African or Asian..should be mae to leave the country..,,We all know teenage boys are going to challenge each other and authority,,,but when you combine that with race/ethnic/religious differences...you can get a powderkeg...
    I no longer see our nation as a "melting pot",,but we are becoming "Balkanized",each group carving out their own little "nation within a nation"...

  • Adelinthe Mar 7, 2008

    original intent - Interesting background information. Thank you, and may your child always be safe.

    Personally, I believe school fighters should be made to clean the school bathrooms for lengthy periods of time, like in the old days. It kept them busy and gave them job experience for what they'd be doing later if they didn't straighten up. ;o)

    Personally speaking, I think all the lawbreaking illegals should go back to where they belong too. They can be exposing us to diseases we triumphed over long ago, as well as exposing us to extra criminal element in some cases.

    Praying for all at South Johnston.

    God bless.

    Rev. RB

  • original intent Mar 7, 2008

    My child goes to this school..and did not go today..When I went by there the school was virtual "ghost town"...Though WRAL has not said so,,I have been told this spun out of control last Friday as one kid made a comment in reference to illegal immigration,and those should "go back where they came from"..Until the federal govt takes illegal immigration seriously ,,instead of looking at it as "cheap labor" for their "corporate campaign donors",,it is going to get worse!!
    As far as I am concerned Mccain-Obama- and Clinton are all one adn the same especially on this issue!!

  • Hip-Shot Mar 7, 2008

    You know, it might be harmless. A boy might have picked up a spent shotgun shell casing as a curiosity and put it in his pocket. It might have fallen out when he went to the bathroom. I know I picked up stuff like that when I was a kid.