Authorities: Pine Forest High student had assault rifle in car
Posted October 16, 2019 1:56 p.m. EDT
Updated October 16, 2019 6:52 p.m. EDT
Fayetteville, N.C. — A 19-year-old student at Pine Forest High School had an assault weapon in his car at school on Tuesday, Cumberland County authorities said.
Pine Forest High administrators searched Antwaun Evans' car after he left campus and returned smelling like marijuana, authorities said. They found a .22-caliber assault rifle in the trunk.
Evans was charged with possession of a weapon on education property and was released on a $2,000 unsecured bond.
Before his initial court hearing on the charge Thursday, Evans said he didn't mean to have the gun, which was loaded, on school grounds.
"It was an accident," the Pine Forest High senior said. "I ain't mean to leave it in the car or nothing. I forgot it was back there because I use it for hunting and stuff. I didn't mean to leave it back there."
Between school and working two jobs, he said, he simply forgot the gun was in the trunk.
Evans' mother, Shae Wolverton, accompanied him to court. She said she understands the seriousness of the charge but said her son is a good young man.
"He's a good kid. He works two jobs," Wolverton said. "I'm a single parent, but I just didn't realize that any of this could ever happen."
Evans was given a court-appointed attorney. If convicted, he could spend up to two years behind bars.
Later this week, Cumberland County Schools will decide if he will be expelled for the rest of the school year.