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Student Faces Gun, Alcohol Charges at School

Posted January 23, 2008

— A 19-year old student was charged Wednesday with bringing alcohol and a weapon onto school property, authorities said.

James Randall Monroe, of 5474 Lazybrook Court in Fayetteville, was charged with possession of a weapon on school property and possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21.

Monroe, a senior at Seventy-First High School, was arrested at the school after a BB gun and five bottles of alcohol were found under the front seat of a Suzuki Grand Vitera parked in the school lot, authorities said.


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  • iamforjustice Jan 24, 2008

    Nothing stays the same.

    Plus ca change c'est le meme chose....the more things change the more they remain the same.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Jan 24, 2008


    Welcome to WRAL

  • speedy Jan 24, 2008

    well, I doubt it was five bottles if Johny Walker Black.

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jan 24, 2008

    I guess it's too dangerous to confront people with REAL guns...much safer to claim victory over a Daisy Red Ryder!

  • WRALwontdeletemyaccount Jan 24, 2008


    A "bb gun" .... you have to be kidding!

    Why not change the headline to "19 yr old had beer and a BB gun in his car" and be more accurate? Oh... it doesn't sell as many advertisements, I suppose.

    Sensationalism is everything.

  • CJjunkie Jan 24, 2008

    My first question is...Why did the school search his vehicle. To my they need either consent to search or probable cause to get a warrant. If the suspect was dumb enough to give consent then this is his problem, but if they searched the vehicle just because it was on the schools campus they might find that whatever evidence they found in the car was obtained illegally and will not be admissible in court. Now if they could see the gun in the car that would be plain sight but the article does not give us enough insight to draw those conclusions.

    Ultimately, my question is where are our rights as citizens, and why if you leave something in your vehicle is someone poking around to see if they can drum up charges on you!

  • allison842 Jan 24, 2008

    The school has as much right to search the cars on campus as the lockers that are "inside the building." The vehicles are still on school property, and you aren't allowed to bring guns or alcohol onto school property. Therefore, I have no problem with the fact that it was searched.

    I was in high school when Columbine happened, and it defintely changed things. Once school started, they closed and locked the gates so that no one could drive in or out. If you came late or wanted to leave early, you had to come through the office and deal with them and you had to have a doctor's or parent's note (to leave). No more leaving for lunch. No more skipping first or last period. No more casual visits.

  • Myrrdin Jan 24, 2008

    Are people on this board reading other articles about this? The article shows the time posted but no 'updated' times, so I'm taking for granted that the article hasn't changed since then.

    I have re-read the article several times and see no mention of "beer bottles". It says 'bottles of alcohol'. I take that as something other than beer, but not everyone reads the same way I do.

    With events that have happened in school, the policy states that the suspension can result from a 'reasonable facsimile of a gun' and most BB guns do look like guns. If he walked into the building with it and there was a trigger happy cop there, he might not have enough time to regret his decision.

  • foetine Jan 24, 2008

    but did they find any of his homework assignments in the car?

  • 68_polara Jan 24, 2008

    But still, all this over a bb gun. Parents you need to make your children aware of this and apparently to fear their government.