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UNC student reporter unknowingly participates in emergency drill

Posted April 22, 2010

— A University of North Carolina student reporter covering an emergency drill found himself in the middle of the action this week.

Will Gorham, the managing editor for a campus radio program, was covering the emergency drill at the Outdoor Education Center on Wednesday when a Chapel Hill police officer stuck a rifle in his back during the drill.

Police acknowledge an encounter took place but say that the weapon was not loaded and that the officer mistook the student for an actor in the drill.

Gorham was not hurt in the incident.


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  • skidkid269 Apr 23, 2010

    The officer stuck a rifle in his back, and the student reporter relieved himself of some bodily fluids.

  • EricaSliver Apr 23, 2010

    Thank you, didisaythat...well said!

  • redwarrior Apr 23, 2010

    Nevermind. I found it.


    This officer was NOTHING BUT professional. Quit trying to create controversy where there is none. I actually feel like you owe this officer an apology.

  • redwarrior Apr 23, 2010

    Where is this recording found?

  • MillerB Apr 23, 2010

    Wow...this kid must be applying for internship at WRAL.

  • EvilSithLord Apr 23, 2010

    This is the same people that one day will be reporting you the news without having a clue what's really going on in the world, much less, what's going on in their heads.

  • chfdcpt Apr 23, 2010

    I also listened at the conversation that the student reported recorded. And I can tell you that if an officer was holding you at gun point, he would not have been that calm and polite.

    Plus, the first report from the student was that the officer had his handgun pressed on his back, and now it changed to a rifle?

  • whocares Apr 23, 2010

    How was the police officer to know that the student wasn't part of the drill. The student was either talking on his cell phone, just plain not listening, or was absent when the announcement was made about where he should and should't be. Good for the officer doing his job.

  • anonemoose Apr 23, 2010

    And the guy isn't a real reporter, he just plays one on campus.

    Now he has something for his CV when he applies for the Newsless-Disturber or the Rocky Mount Tellalie.

    Just more activist journalism.

  • XLAW Apr 23, 2010

    This story is so incomplete. 1. This was drill to test preparedness to a campus shooting. 2. The campus radio reporter knew it was a drill. 3. He and others were told where to remain. 4. He left the designated area to record the actors' responses. 5. Being "on stage" in an unauthorized location for media he was taken as a "bad guy" by the the participating police officer who confronted him with an unloaded weapon. Exactly what the officer should have done!

    Being more than a "non-story", the "reporter" should be subject to university discipline and removed from his position with the university radio station.