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Three Chapel Hill students face school weapons charges

Posted November 4, 2010

— Police detained three Culbreth Middle School students Thursday morning after finding a BB gun at the school, officials said.

Two sixth-grade boys, ages 13 and 11, were displaying weapons while riding a bus to school, and they ran off upon arriving at Culbreth Middle, said Stephanie Knott, spokeswoman for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools.

Another student reported the incident to a school official, and Culbreth Middle was placed on lockdown while police searched for the two boys, Knott said. The lockdown lasted about an hour.

Officers found the boys near the school. The 13-year-old had a cap gun, police said.

The BB gun was found in a backpack in a school locker room during a subsequent search, Knott said. Police said a 14-year-old student was detained after the gun was found.

All three students have been suspended from school.

Juvenile petitions charging the boys with possession of a weapon on school property were expected to be filed Thursday afternoon.


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  • Hans Nov 4, 2010

    "Children should be raised with the understanding that guns are BAD "

    But guns aren't bad. Why should we lie to them?

  • tmed1938 Nov 4, 2010

    Hellcat,why did your son HAVE to stand and listen to some hippie ,was he an honor guard or something?

  • tmed1938 Nov 4, 2010

    wakemom,you would have to bring race into this.why ,for once can't comments be about the subject when race is of no consequence?

  • NCTeacher Nov 4, 2010

    anne53ozzy- I have to respectfully disagree with that. Guns are not inherently bad- The people who don't use them responsibly are. I am a huge proponet of my right to bear arms, but responsibility comes along with that. You want a gun- you get it legally, you take gun safety courses, you get a concealed carry permit, you keep it locked up and away from your children, you teach your children to stay away from it unless you are supervising them with it...

    I grew up "country". My Daddy taught me how to load, fire, unload, clean and store guns. I knew when to stay away from them and when it was okay to use them. When I have children that are the right age I will teach them the same.

  • ncmickey Nov 4, 2010

    I think the Nuns at the Catholic School I went to carried guns. I KNOW they could swing a ruler like Babe Ruth!

  • NCTeacher Nov 4, 2010

    Doesn't matter whether a cap gun is a weapon or not- it is a facsimile of a weapon. You can't bring real or toy guns to school in NC.

  • anne53ozzy Nov 4, 2010

    "right to bear arms" Keep on with this gun toting mentality and it has no place to go but to trckle down to these kids. Children should be raised with the understanding that guns are BAD and killing and wounding is the result.

  • avidreader Nov 4, 2010

    Doesn't matter what anyone did when they were little, guns can not come on school property now and these kids were old enough to understand this.

  • awheywego Nov 4, 2010

    We had a rifle range behind our school and took shooting courses as an elective. We would carry our rifles to school, shoot them, stow them, carry them home. No big deal, and we learned how to hit what we shot at.

  • heat764 Nov 4, 2010

    When I was in high school, everyone was a farm boy, we lived in the mountains and everyone had a gun in the gun rack of there pickup and drove to school that way. But these days, everyone is on edge about stuff. I teach my kids to be responsible with weapons and how to shoot a gun. I think if more families demystified firearms then we wouldn't have this type of nonsense.