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Student caught with handgun at Athens Drive High School

Posted January 31, 2013

— A student at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh is facing charges Thursday after, police say, he brought a handgun to school.

Demetrius Donte Brown, 17, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a gun on educational property, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana. 

School officials and the Raleigh Police Department's school resource officer found the gun while conducting a follow-up investigation into a disturbance in the cafeteria Thursday morning, a police spokesman said.

There was no indication that Brown displayed the gun at any point or that it was involved in the cafeteria incident.

Principal William Crockett said in an email to parents that officials found the gun during an investigation into a theft and that there was never a direct threat of harm to anyone.

"Keeping our school safe remains a top priority, and we encourage students to immediately report any safety concerns," Crockett said. "This letter is to inform you that we will continue to take every measure to ensure the safety of our students."

A spokesman for the Wake County Public School System could not provide any other details about the incident.

The police investigation is ongoing.

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  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 1, 3:15 p.m.

    Whose gun did it belong to? If he got it from home, the parents should be charged, no question about it. Guns at homes should be locked up and secured. But many don't do that. They have all kinds of excuses why they do not.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Feb 1, 3:14 p.m.

    Demetrius Donte Brown, 17, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a gun on educational property, possession of a stolen firearm, resisting, delaying or obstructing a law enforcement officer and possession with intent to sell or deliver marijuana.

    Expell this young many for the rest of the year. The parents mean while should absolutely get him some help. If they don't, he may wind up in the prison system.

  • Grand Union Feb 1, 3:01 p.m.

    ""Religious or not, I take great offense that you blame this gun violence on atheists. "

    And since Europeans have far higher rates of Atheism and far lower rates of murder if anything it indicates the opposite is likely true. Anyone naive enough to be religious is likely naive enough to swallow the NRAs koolaid.

  • Grand Union Feb 1, 2:59 p.m.

    "WHAT?? Someone carrying a gun to school? Aren't schools "no gun" zones? And yet this kid managed to bring one? I guess the law didn't deter him...-mrschizzy"

    no but not being able to get a gun would have.....we can't stop people breaking laws but we can stop making it easy for them to do so.

  • WooHoo2You Feb 1, 1:40 p.m.

    WHAT?? Someone carrying a gun to school? Aren't schools "no gun" zones? And yet this kid managed to bring one? I guess the law didn't deter him...-mrschizzy

    But the handcuffs and bars will prevent him from doing it again....if only this student had easy access to a gun this might have all be avoided right?

  • mrschizzy Feb 1, 1:03 p.m.

    WHAT?? Someone carrying a gun to school? Aren't schools "no gun" zones? And yet this kid managed to bring one? I guess the law didn't deter him...

  • talkaboutit Feb 1, 10:49 a.m.

    i challange WRAL to tell the rest of the story. Can we for once look into this kid's background? who are his parents? where are his parents? What is their take on this? shine a spotlight on one of these kids. tell the story. in so doing, you just might hold a mirror up to some other kids and their parents so they understand how the world sees them. otherwise, we will continue to lose this kids forever.

  • dwr1964 Feb 1, 10:44 a.m.

    I am sure he is the apple of his mother's eye. Such a great kid, selling dope at school, carrying his pistol, acting all bad and stuff. What a waste of human flesh this kid is.

  • birkie74693 Feb 1, 8:27 a.m.

    Marsupial says: "Religious or not, I take great offense that you blame this gun violence on atheists. "

    You're absolutely right, Marsupial. Two minutes checking stats on the web shows: Atheists in the USA are anywhere from 6% to 10% of the population, depending on whose numbers you use. Atheists in prisons are 0.3% or thereabouts, depending again on whose numbers you use. Conclusion: atheists are MORE law-abiding than "Christians." QED.

  • Scubagirl Feb 1, 8:16 a.m.

    Expel this gangsta wanna be from school, let him also do a little time in prison for his actions. Make the sentence COUNT. If determined the gun came from his parents, charge them as well!

    ENOUGH OF THIS!!!

    and to admyank should you do that you should also be locked up

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