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Students defend classmate expelled for gun
WTVD-TV ^ | Tuesday, April 30, 2013 | Kelli O'Hara

Posted on 05/01/2013 2:15:12 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA

PRINCETON, N.C. (WTVD) -- A Johnston County high school student has been expelled for bringing a gun onto school property, but the school's student body is coming to his defense. David "Cole" Withrow is a senior at Princeton High School. He was set to graduate in just a few weeks, until his arrest Monday for bringing a gun to school. Cole, who is an Eagle Scout and an honors student, said he forgot to take his gun out of his truck after skeet shooting. When he got to school and realized the gun was in his car, he went into school to call his mom so he could leave and take the gun home. The school found out and Cole was arrested and expelled. Now his classmates and members of the community are speaking out in his defense. "He's been taught when you're in trouble, you call your parent, and that's what he did. And now he's being punished for what I consider doing the right thing," family friend Kim Boykin said. "Free Cole" is painted on several cars of Cole's classmates. The "Free Cole" outrage is also going viral on social media. "I do think our faculty did the right thing to protect the students, but I do think it's overdone because he was trying to take it home and do the right thing," Princeton High School student Lacynn Belk said. Still, Johnston County Schools stand by their decision to expel Cole. "A student brought an unloaded shotgun on campus. The shotgun was located in a locked vehicle. Administration reacted promptly and the proper procedures and protocol were followed. The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property," Johnston County Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said.

(Excerpt) Read more at abclocal.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment
A fine example of unionized government schools. I really, really dislike educators.
1 posted on 05/01/2013 2:15:12 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA
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To: ConservativeInPA
If it was in his trunk nobody would ever have known.

You have to learn that there are times when you just keep your mouth shut.

2 posted on 05/01/2013 2:19:37 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Moslems reserve the right to behead anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Oy Vey. When, just when, will the stupidity stop?

Rhetorical of course.


3 posted on 05/01/2013 2:20:02 PM PDT by NoGrayZone (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

He didn’t “knowingly” take the shotgun onto the property.

In fact, the opposite.


4 posted on 05/01/2013 2:20:18 PM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

No good deed ever goes unpunished, so an example can be made when there are so few chances for examples to be made.


5 posted on 05/01/2013 2:23:17 PM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: ConservativeInPA

He should have driven home and put it away. Return late instead of inflaming the retarded school employees. A bad decision leads to an arrest.


6 posted on 05/01/2013 2:24:22 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: ConservativeInPA

Lesson taught to the student: Never trust the authorities; never tell anyone in authority anything important. Is this what they wanted to teach?


7 posted on 05/01/2013 2:25:11 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: ConservativeInPA

Yes, laws have extant to their foundation “Intent” and that is where your argument fails.

The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property,” Johnston County Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said.

This kid remembered it was in the truck and wanted to get permission to go home and store.

He didn’t have any intention of bringing it onto campus.

Personally, though, I do wonder about this whole honesty crap anyway. He didn’t have to inform on himself and risk everything that ensued.

He could have drop the thing behind his back seat and no one would have known.


8 posted on 05/01/2013 2:25:31 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: ConservativeInPA

The Socialists will spin this one for all it’s worth.


9 posted on 05/01/2013 2:26:30 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

In this case, the kid would have better off to say NOTHING, finish out the day and go home. End of story. Too late now.


10 posted on 05/01/2013 2:26:53 PM PDT by DaveA37 (I'm for HONEST government)
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To: ConservativeInPA
BREAKING NEWS - Two administrators at the same school did the same thing as Cole, and NOTHING was done to them.

I will post a link as soon as it becomes available.

11 posted on 05/01/2013 2:30:45 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Progov

However, he’s learned all there is to learn about Fascism and it’s running dog lackeys. Fear them, hate them ~ they are soulless automatons ~ many have lost every element of humanity.


12 posted on 05/01/2013 2:31:15 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ConservativeInPA
Video of students supporting Cole:

http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/html5/video?id=9085266&pid=null&section=null

13 posted on 05/01/2013 2:34:28 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Back in the 1960’s ( in Pa_) I walked to school every morning and checked my trap lines. I shot all the varmints I caught, dropped them off at my Gramma’s house and proceeded onto the school grounds. I immediately went to the teacher’s lounge and said “Mr. Greer, here’s my pistol.” He said OK and checked to make sure it was clear. He put it in his desk drawer, and nothing was EVER thought about it. At the end of classes I retrieved it and went about gathering my previous catch, checking my traps on the way home, and never once thought about going Muslim. AND...I was bullied, because my brother was an a...hole and I smelled like skunk (or fox) (or mink) piss.


14 posted on 05/01/2013 2:36:32 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Safetgiver

You didn’t trust your Gramma with the pistol?


15 posted on 05/01/2013 2:38:32 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Truth29
Lesson taught to the student: Never trust the authorities; never tell anyone in authority anything important. Is this what they wanted to teach?

Sounds like what any long haired hippie freak would teach back in the late 60's early 70's. "Never trust anyone over 30." Now they are f'n in charge.

16 posted on 05/01/2013 2:39:51 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Safetgiver

I went to school with my .22 rifle so’s I could go shooting after school. The teacher stood it in the corner by her desk ‘til school let out and off I went. No one thought anything of it. And that was in Mass.


17 posted on 05/01/2013 2:40:55 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: thackney

She wouldn’t allow a weapon in the house. Reason why my Grandpa drank himself to death.


18 posted on 05/01/2013 2:44:58 PM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: ConservativeInPA

My kid is on the school trap team. They were warned loudly and often what could happen if they brought their shotgun onto school grounds. On top of expulsion, possible prosecution, there was the possible cancellation of the whole trap program.

I agree it is overkill but they were warned.


19 posted on 05/01/2013 2:45:20 PM PDT by toast
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To: ConservativeInPA
The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property,"

It was NOT a weapon. It was an unloaded firearm...thus its only use could be as a club. And not a particularly efficient one.

Do they have the same zero tolerance rules for baseball bats?

20 posted on 05/01/2013 2:48:56 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (For me, I plan to die standing as a free man rather than spend one second on my knees as a slave.)
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To: Safetgiver

I lived too close to Philly to see that as a kid, but my friends where I live now tell the same kind of stories. Even where I lived growing up you could bring a knife to school and have it on you all day long. Different values back then. If you dared pull a knife on someone you were labeled a pussy, called a fag and more than likely thrown down a a stairwell.


21 posted on 05/01/2013 2:49:06 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: NoGrayZone
"When, just when, will the stupidity stop?"

When we are no longer part of the USSSA . . . comrade.

Rhetorical, of course.

22 posted on 05/01/2013 2:51:40 PM PDT by YHAOS
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

It doesn’t pay to be honest these days.


23 posted on 05/01/2013 2:52:06 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( ==> sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: Safetgiver
On any given day in the high school parking lot, we probably had a dozen guns displayed on a gun rack in the back window of a pickup. But, that was in the 70’s when people who took bong hits were mellow, not executing jihad.
24 posted on 05/01/2013 2:53:09 PM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: ConservativeInPA
The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property," Johnston County Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said.

Just shot himself in the foot, so to speak. The student did not knowingly and willingly bring the gun to school. He forgot it was there (disqualifies knowingly), he tried to remedy once he realized he forgot (disqualifies willingly).

25 posted on 05/01/2013 2:55:39 PM PDT by IYAS9YAS
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To: ConservativeInPA
Well, folk....before we all go off half-cocked....(so to speak ho ho ha) let's keep in mind....the Chicawgo Public Screwel Sys. has the very same gun free zone strictures as this Jersey outfit and look how safe, over the years they've made EVERY Chitown Schoolyard. Everyone of 'em is as safe as a post office lunchroom....

Blow that out yer tooters. Ya dad gummed red stated whoo-ha's. (guess I told, them!)

TOADY SEZ:



LET THERE BE GREEN PEAS ON EARTH AND LET IT BEGIN WITH GUN FREE ZONES. WORD UP TO YO MOMMA.

26 posted on 05/01/2013 2:59:16 PM PDT by jimsin (W)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Government schools and North Korea ...


27 posted on 05/01/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: ConservativeInPA
The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property," Johnston County Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said.

Hey Tracy: The article states he forgot he had the shotgun. Seems to me it would be pretty hard, if not impossible to "knowingly and willingly" bring a weapon to school if he had forgotten about it.

Would it do any good to point out that y'all are making a very embarrassing mountain out of a molehill?

28 posted on 05/01/2013 3:03:54 PM PDT by upchuck (To the faceless, jack-booted government bureaucrat who just scanned this post: SCREW YOU!)
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To: ConservativeInPA

29 posted on 05/01/2013 3:04:39 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; All

The purpose of the law has *nothing* to do with school safety and *everything* to do with the cultural genocide of the gun culture in the United States.

It is all about teaching young people that guns are *evil* and only *evil* people would be near them.

It is a disgrace that this law was not repealed when the Republicans had the House, the Senate, and the Presidency

You did know that the reason this happens is because there is a Federal law that withdraws federal funds from schools if the states do not enforce this, didn’t you?

The law has been a complete and utter disaster.

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2012/12/disastrous-gun-law-sparked-school.html


30 posted on 05/01/2013 3:12:45 PM PDT by marktwain (The MSM must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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To: upchuck
Hey Tracy: The article states he forgot he had the shotgun. Seems to me it would be pretty hard, if not impossible to "knowingly and willingly" bring a weapon to school if he had forgotten about it.

upchuck, let's not go too hard on Tracy. She is just a government slug that has the ability to form complete sentences for ignorant educators that are spineless liberals that worship their Muslim king. Let's not worry about the fact she has no principles and is doing what she has to do to collect her paycheck paid by our tax dollars. That's ok, she has to live with that.

31 posted on 05/01/2013 3:13:25 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA

Here’s the update on administrators that did the same as Cole, but nothing was done. Laws for thee, not for me: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3014651/posts


32 posted on 05/01/2013 3:21:41 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA

The time for talk is over. Parents by the thousands need to show at Johnston County Schools and expel the principle, the administrator and every other schoolboard fascist.


33 posted on 05/01/2013 3:49:49 PM PDT by sergeantdave (No, I don't have links for everything I post)
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To: sergeantdave
The time for talk is over. Parents by the thousands need to show at Johnston County Schools and expel the principle, the administrator and every other schoolboard fascist.

That would be excellent. May I suggest that the gubermint school employees pluck the chickens while the tar is being warmed.

34 posted on 05/01/2013 3:52:51 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: ConservativeInPA
The law is very clear when a person knowingly and willingly brings a weapon onto educational property," Johnston County Schools spokesperson Tracey Peedin Jones said.

"We don't think. We do whatever manual say. Manual say he expelled. Our job done. Oh well. Suck to be him."
35 posted on 05/01/2013 4:00:24 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969
"We don't think. We do whatever manual say. Manual say he expelled

And this is the reason ("we don't think") that makes American educators non-professionals and should be paid minimum wage. I really hope I piss off some teachers on here. Your so-called profession doesn't require advanced education. Your frickin' unions take from taxpayers to further indoctrinate teachers to indoctrinate students. Face it, every single subject that needs to be taught all the way through high school can be taught be a high school graduate. The proof is in the millions of home schooled children that do better with parents willing to put in a little effort.

36 posted on 05/01/2013 4:14:58 PM PDT by ConservativeInPA (Molon Labe - Shall not be questioned)
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To: Myrddin
He should have driven home and put it away. Return late instead of inflaming the retarded school employees. A bad decision leads to an arrest.

Or tell them you feel ill and have to leave for the day. If they're determined to act like idiots, they can't complain if you treat them like they're idiots.

37 posted on 05/01/2013 8:21:01 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: marktwain; ForGod'sSake; bamahead

Every time the feds give $X to the states in “optional” block grants, it’s an admission they have overtaxed us (their masters, both morally and intellectually) $X. Otherwise they could mandate what they’re bribing the states for. Therefore, since the feds have admitted overtaxing by that amount, the states should just garnish that amount from federal tax payments originating in that state, and ignore the mandate anyway. They’re being bribed to tyrannize their own citizens with those citizens’ money on issues the feds admit is none of their business. How much clearer does it need to be before they do something?


38 posted on 05/01/2013 8:30:31 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: sergeantdave; Tax-chick
The time for talk is over. Parents by the thousands need to show at Johnston County Schools and expel the principle, the administrator and every other schoolboard fascist.

Well, maybe they should keep the spelling teacher.

39 posted on 05/01/2013 8:32:25 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: ConservativeInPA
Selective prosecution, as this account proves:

In March 2011, Princeton School Assistant Principal Catherine Bennett was suspended but never criminally charged after bringing a gun onto campus that was found in the glove box of her vehicle, while being worked on by the school’s auto mechanics class.

Bennett had reportedly asked the resource officer to check the car because she had misplaced the weapon and had been searching for it. The officer, Andy Worley, reportedly found the gun but did not take possession of it, instead, he placed it back in the glove box and locked the car doors.

When Bennett and Worley went to retrieve the weapon from the car hours later, the vehicle had been moved inside the auto mechanics class, and the gun was missing.

After questioning several students, the gun was reportedly found hidden underneath the fender of the vehicle. Two students who found the gun allegedly showed the firearm to two other classmates. None of the four students were charged in the 2011 incident.

Officials said at the time the assistant principal would not face charges since she was not aware her missing handgun was in the glove box. Bennett declined to comment on the incident when contacted by WTSB News in 2011.


40 posted on 05/01/2013 8:47:32 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: Still Thinking

*snicker*


41 posted on 05/02/2013 5:00:16 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Sarah is right.)
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To: ConservativeInPA
He's also charged with a felony according to the blaze.

I think some pressure needs to be placed to drop the felony charge.

The District Attorney is Susan Doyle. She is elected to a four year term. When is she up for election?

42 posted on 05/02/2013 11:39:55 AM PDT by Darren McCarty (If most people were more than keyboard warriors, we might have won the election)
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