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Willow Spring man arrested, charged for bringing gun onto school grounds

Posted June 12, 2015

— A 34-year-old Willow Spring man was arrested Friday morning after he brought a gun onto school grounds, authorities said.

According to investigators, James Smith Whitlock, of 121 Oak Ridge Drive, carried a black semi-automatic 9mm pistol onto the grounds of the Ravenscroft School in north Raleigh.

Whitlock was charged with bringing a gun onto educational property and terrorizing the public.

He is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday.


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  • Todd Whitmer Jun 14, 2015
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    There really a isn't any substance to this "report".

    Who else was on the school grounds? Is he a parent of students? What is meant by acting "strangely". Come on, more detail is needed regarding the circumstances.

  • Pat Demby Jun 13, 2015
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    "A black semi-automatic 9mm pistol"

    Uh oh, that word must have slipped past one of the WRAL proof readers; haven't seen them use that as a descriptor in a crime based story in quite some time.

  • Paul Jones Jun 13, 2015
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    Just saw the video. So, he terrorized nobody. School was out. He just acted oddly, but threatened nobody.

  • Paul Jones Jun 13, 2015
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    Did he terrorize the public, or was the public just being paranoid. I appreciate the law exists because lawmakers over-reacted to the fact that criminals killed people at school by banning every citizen from carrying a gun on school property, but that doesn't now mean that anyone packing a gun is now terrorizing people.

    What did this man do?