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Unloaded gun seized from Louisburg High student's car

Posted December 16, 2011

— Police seized an unloaded handgun found Friday morning in the car of a student at Louisburg High School, officials said.

Other students reported the gun to school officials, and police searched the car while the unidentified student was detained, officials said. No ammunition for the .22-caliber revolver was found, they said.

The student was "off campus and not on school grounds" after the incident, officials said. No information on possible criminal charges or school discipline was provided.

"At this time, there is no evidence that the student was attempting to cause harm to anyone, was not acting in concert with others, was not acting due to some provocation and did not have a plan to use the handgun," Franklin County Schools spokesman Joseph Baisley said in a statement.


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  • unblankenbelievable Dec 16, 2011

    That's scarey to think of. I can't think of any valid reason that anyone under the age of 18 should be allowed to carry a gun. It must take a real Einstein to see how well those under 18 handle driving and then decide "oh yeah, lets give them guns too".

    You should have been a politician. It seems by your post that you think you know what's better for us than we know ourselves. Just for the record, I've been using firearms since I was twelve and been driving since I was sixteen and have never had a problem with either one a half century later. WISE UP!!

  • usemailinator Dec 16, 2011

    Sorry, beaupeep.

    Point an unloaded piece of "scrap metal" at a cop and you're going to get capped. I'm a concealed carrier, and if you stick a pistol in my face in the convenient store parking lot, I'm not going to have you fill out a form asking if it's loaded before I put one in you.

  • westernwake1 Dec 16, 2011

    "Western wake.. as far as the girl with the small paring knife.. She had a positive defence as implements of this type are specifically excluded by statute under the tools used solely for the preparation of food.. although I do feel it would have been prudent to have the food cut prior to coming to school.. better to err on the side of caution." - cuffusion

    It was not enough to stop her from being permanently expelled from the high school however. When her parents complained about the punishment, the clowns who run the school system in Lee County referred her to the district attorneys office to be maliciously prosecuted. When the trial came she was declared not guilty. This is a a very bad way to treat an honors student and respected soccer athlete.

    Of course, she still never was let back in the school and the Lee Board of Education supported the adminstrators in posting all sorts of defaming material about her on the County School System website.

  • usemailinator Dec 16, 2011

    What is the problem? He knew he had a gun, or he didn't know. Doesn't matter.

    If you are going to be a big boy and have a gun, you need to be big boy enough to abide by the laws and responsibility that comes with that right.

    "I FORGOT" might work when you didn't turn in your homework, but it doesn't work for crime.

  • westernwake1 Dec 16, 2011

    "When I was in school 30 years ago there was a class called "Outdoor Recreation" and they actually shot clay pidgeons on school grounds. This was a graded course that normally seniors took." - Hip-Shot

    I went to high school 30 years in a suburban school district outside a large northeast city. Our school had both an archery team and a rifle shooting team. The students on these teams brought their bows and guns to school each day and placed them in their lockers. We never had any issues with gun or arrow violence.

    I think the "zero tolerance policy" used in schools these days is absurd. It is also ridiculous that schools no longer have these two sports.

  • beaupeep Dec 16, 2011

    I'm upset that I learned this from WRAL too.

    It shouldn't even BE news.

  • beaupeep Dec 16, 2011

    Serious ADN4now?

    Hate to tell you, but some kids at school were stoned today, some skipped classes, some were drunk and some had sex. The principal ain't gonna call you with that info either.

  • beaupeep Dec 16, 2011

    "No ammunition for the .22-caliber revolver was found, they said."

    So, in effect, he brought a small amount of scrap metal to school. I guess he could have thrown it real hard, or hit someone, but he could do that with a dictionary or a boot and cause the same damage.

    In the spring do they play wiffle ball? Heaven forbid they get their young hands on a real baseball bat. That's a lethal weapon.

  • ADN4now Dec 16, 2011

    What I am upset about is the fact that I have learned this from WRAL and not my son's Principal. There should have been a phone call made to inform the parents of students in this school before the evening news announced it for them.
    FREDA CLIFTON needs to resign.

  • Hip-Shot Dec 16, 2011

    When I was in school 30 years ago there was a class called "Outdoor Recreation" and they actually shot clay pidgeons on school grounds. This was a graded course that normally seniors took.