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Student Suspended After Weapon Found at School

Posted May 8, 2007

— An 11-year-old student has been suspended from Mary McArthur Elementary School after allegedly bringing a weapon to the school Tuesday, authorities said.

School resource officers were called to the school on Village Drive after fellow students reported seeing the weapon in a book bag. The weapon is described as an air pistol that shoots rounds of plastic pellets and has a magazine clip that allows the shooter to change out empty cartridges, authorities said.

The weapon is similar in appearance to the 9-millimeter handguns used by law enforcement officers, authorities said.

The student has been remanded to the custody of his parents, and detectives are investigating to determine if criminal charges are warranted in the case, authorities said.


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  • killing_me_softly May 8, 2007

    Wake County principals get paid a GREAT DEAL of money every year. Therefore, I believe that they should take more time to find out the details of each situation on a case by case basis and stop using the "zero tolerance" rule as a means to shed themselves of that responsibility. A fight between two students tends to have (1) the person that started it and (2) the person trying to defend themselves.
    WRAL has a link where you can see how much OUR principals, asst. principals, teachers, and other staff are really getting paid. Make them work for it. lol...

  • thepeopleschamp May 8, 2007

    I have a question for the arm chair principals. If 2 students fight and each one (and his friends) says the other one started it, how do you place blame on just one when both say they were "defending" theirself??? Thats what principals face. No one raises their hand and proclaims "I started it, it's my fault!". And certainly no parent is going to come to school and tell the principal their little darling started any trouble. Suspend 'em both!!!

  • Seeminglyopposed May 8, 2007

    It is so amazing that this forum is so lenient about this young mans' carrying a weapon of any sort to school. A gun, is a gun, is a gun. It is NOT the place of the teachers to give these students a pat down before they enter their class rooms. If they did the parents would sue them for something. But when the same child decides to possibly bring a real weapon in the future when is older, the reporters will search and find that this same child had started with play guns and nothing was done. And of course, we all will be asking the same question "Were there signs that this would one day happen?"

  • n2justice May 8, 2007

    momof2boys...two 15 year olds were criminally charged with disorderly conduct for doing the same thing (using their hand to make a gesture like a gun) at school. times have changed. we live in a different world than the one of 50 years ago.

  • his+torian May 8, 2007

    Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

    1956 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up
    best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

    2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge
    them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

  • his+torian May 8, 2007

    See what 50 years will do.

    Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

    1957 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to
    his car and gets his to show Jack.

    2007 - School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and
    never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
    students and teachers.

  • seadog8 May 8, 2007

    Voicenurhead I agree with you that we should make a decision as to who started the fight. However if I choose the wrong one then you get mad because I suspended your child. Parents must go to the school board meeting and help address this zero tolerance policy so that a child may defend themselves. However you have to remember the revenge factor. Who do I choose or blame when they decide that the best way to defend themselves is to use a weapon

  • his+torian May 8, 2007

    momof2boys, I used to tell them to pull my finger, they can't do nothing to you for shooting blanks !{:o>) Cheer up.

  • voicenurhead May 8, 2007

    momof2boys - I feel your pain. My son was suspended from the YMCA afterschool program a couple of times because he defended himself from 2 kids that picked a fight with him. The schools and it seems the Y are teaching our kids that it is wrong to defend themselves. They'd rather have them run away like cowards. I raise my son to stand and fight when he has to in order to protect himself, and also to instill some pride and self-confidence. Something the schools are in great need of .

  • voicenurhead May 8, 2007

    seadog8 - you mentioned that the schools should enforce a zero tolerance policy. I have one problem with this, and it's a little off subject but related. If my son is at school and another kid is pushing and hitting him, and my son fights back to defend himself, your zero tolerance policy says he is to be suspended also. For what? Defending himself from physical harm? Problem is the school administrators don't want to have to make a decison about who started the fight. Throw them both out - that is the cowardly way to handle the situation. What are you trying to teach our kids? That standing up for themselves or defending themselves agains physical harm is against the rules?