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Weapons found in Smithfield-Selma student's car

Posted February 19, 2009
Updated February 20, 2009

— Johnston County sheriff's deputies charged a Smithfield-Selma High School student with a felony after school resource officers found weapons in his car Thursday.

Christopher G. Byrd, 16, was charged with possession of a weapon on school grounds, sheriff's office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said.

School resource officers had Byrd's car towed and searched after they noticed it was parked on school property without the appropriate sticker, Amaon said. They found a loaded pellet gun, brass knuckles, a knife and ammunition.


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  • 68_polara Feb 20, 2009

    You know with all the crime these days why are we trying to manufacture criminals? I have a suggestion for cop who made the arrest why don't you come here to Durham we'll find you plenty to do so you won't have to pick on some redneck kid with out a parking sticker.

  • veyor Feb 20, 2009

    Certainly it must be stipulated that bringing anything whatsoever to school that even remotely resembles any kind of weapon in today's political climate is dumb. That said, it is also obvious by the posts that it does not even register to some that weapons can be used for defense, i.e. brass knucks. In ALL probability, the brass knuckles were something to show off, the boy is a hunter, foolishly left his shotgun in the car, had been shooting the pellet gun (basically a toy)with some other boys, and the "extra" ammunition was probably some bird shot shells in a box (or it might even be leftover buckshot from deer season). As usual, the reporting is horrendous.

  • oldfirehorse Feb 20, 2009

    Call it silly if you like. Didn't say a pellet was the same as a .38. If you want to know whether a pellet will kill; try the experiment described. Also, didn't say anything about why they searched the car. Brass knuckles is a weapon with only one use. If you think weapons on a school campus is good, more power to you. I don't, and all your ridiculous rationalizations are not going to change the law, so get used to it.

  • 68_polara Feb 20, 2009

    ok now this discussion has just gotten silly, a pellet is not the same as a .38.

    Again where is the clear intent to hurt some one? His car was parked on school property without the appropriate sticker that's why it was searched.

  • oldfirehorse Feb 20, 2009

    "And you mention "with clear intent" clear intent of what? That statement didn't make one lick of sense..." -68_polara ---- I'm sorry that didn't make one lick of sense to you. Possession of brass knuckles is, on face value, intent to do serious bodily injury. That does make a lick of sense to most people. As for it being a pellet pistol? Well, whether you're killed with a .17 caliber pellet traveling at 300-500 ft per second, or say a .38 at 800 ft per sec., you're still dead. Oh, and if you think I'm wrong about that, go get yourself a pellet pistol, load it, and point it at your temple, and pull the trigger. You can judge the results for yourself.

  • circlecity Feb 20, 2009

    This is 2009 its time to stop the white and black thing it a people thing. When we stop seeing color and see people thing will be a lot better off.

  • town guy Feb 20, 2009

    I thought everybody knew by now - no firearms on school property! Don't they teach that in Johnson County?

  • just trying Feb 20, 2009

    Christopher G. Byrd of Selma allegedly had the shotgun, an air powered pellet gun, brass knuckles, a knife, and ammunition in the vehicle parked at Smithfield Selma High School.

  • highly-blessed Feb 20, 2009

    ABM, how do you know that this young man is white? Is it because his name is Christopher not Rayquan? Maybe the middle initial G stands for Gevondis. Perhaps the reason WRAL didn't post his picture is because they didn't have it to post.----FUQUAY RESIDENT

    you got to be kidding me! i am shocked you were bold enough to go there. you are so racist....

  • 68_polara Feb 20, 2009

    The government is teaching our children to fear it. I don't like it but cases like this and what you have spoken of make the fear pretty darn warranted momeeee.