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Rifle in Borrowed Car Lands Student in Hot Water

Posted April 18, 2007 3:09 p.m. EDT
Updated April 18, 2007 7:59 p.m. EDT

— A student at Holly Springs High School was charged Wednesday after a rifle was found inside the trunk of a parked car.

According to Bill Poston of the Wake County Public School System, the bike patrol at the school noticed beer cans and articles of clothing prohibited by school policy in a Mitsubishi Galant in the parking lot.

A Holly Springs police officer assigned to the campus radioed an inquiry about the tags on the car after school officials saw that it did not have a parking pass. When school administrators opened the car's trunk, they found the .22-caliber rifle.

Kentreal McDonald, 16, of Turner Drive in Apex, was charged with possessing a weapon on school grounds. He was later taken to the Wake County Jail.

School officials said the car did not belong to McDonald, but he admitted driving the car to school after authorities talked to him. He told them he had borrowed it from another person. Authorities located the car owner’s sister, who is a student at the school. .

The owner of the vehicle has not been charged.

School officials said there were no reports of a threat and no evidence that the gun was going to be used to harm anyone.