NEW INFO: Student Arrested After School Bus Gun Scare

A high school student is under arrest after a gun scare near a school bus stop.

Timothy Platt is currently charged with resisting and or obstructing a law enforcement officer.

Lenoir County deputies say they received a called around 7:00 a.m. The bus driver told deputies that a student was walking down the roadway and not at his usual bus stop. The driver stopped and asked the student if he was going to school. The student reportedly was carrying a shotgun or rifle and told the bus driver to "go on"

The driver pulled away and stopped on Poole Road to call 911. During the call students on the bus noticed the armed teen was walking toward the bus. The driver was told to leave the area.

Deputies converged on the area and saw the 16-year-old Platt. They say he ran from deputies, but was caught a short time later. Deputies say they found no firearm and they're investigating whether the weapon was possibly a pellet rifle. They say a pellet rifle is missing from Platt's home.

Platt is also under investigation for an altercation on Monday at the high school.

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  • by some1 Location: Kinston on May 14, 2010 at 07:31 AM
    to kevin - the niehgborhood where tim was is where we get on because our neighborohood the road has so many wholes in the dirt path that buses can't go in our neighborhood anymore so we walk to that neighbrhood to get on the bus. and he didn't pull out the gun til was pulled off that's when he pulled it out
  • by a student Location: kinston on May 14, 2010 at 07:29 AM
    to Dave! read the stories from earlier this week our bus driver is a hero. we stopped to pick him up and the gun was not seen til we pulled off. ur making uself sound so stupid. our driver noticed Tims hand on his shirt with something in under his shirt and drove off that's when tim pulled the gun out. ur stupid for not knowing whats going on.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kinston on May 14, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    2 ED: this kid was walking in the neighborhood where our kids get on because our neighborhood buses can't drive there anymore because ot the deep wholes in the dirt path. our kids walk to the other niehgborhood next to ours to get on the bus. this kid wasn't just walking any where and the driver stopped to the neighborhood where our kids get on the bus at. so know what you're talking about the next time before you run your mouth.
  • by Shyquetta Location: kinston on May 13, 2010 at 12:32 PM
    Hey my danita....Kevin you need to shut up...dnt be callin my bus driver are the stupid one....and ummm and for all yall who got something smart to say about my friend Timmothy ya'll need to hushh.....
  • by Danita Location: Lenoir County on May 13, 2010 at 08:03 AM
    First of all Kevin u dont know wat really happen i wuz on the bus nd we didnt know he had the gun until we staeted pulling off! nd my bus driver did a good job by protected us!!!!!!!
  • by Candy Location: Greenville on May 13, 2010 at 07:38 AM
    To Kevin of Kinston Did you ever think the bus driver didn't see the gun until after they stopped. I think the bus driver did an awesome job. Try driving a bus and not be concern about the children that ride your bus. Until you get in that situation keep your negative comments to yourself; now look in the mirror and see who might be the stupid one.
  • by Anonymous Location: Kinston on May 13, 2010 at 07:36 AM
    This is so sad!!! Where in the world can we send our kids and feel that they are safe? We never know what is going on the the minds of other people (young and old). It's a blessing that none of the other students were hurt in the process. People, it is truly a praying time!
  • by C on May 13, 2010 at 05:58 AM
    Ah,how the times change. In my senior year,I was on the school skeet shooting team. Yep,you read it right: School skeet shooting team. On practice days we'd show up for school with our shotguns. We'd then walk across campus with our weapons and leave them with our instructor,who'd lock them up for us until the end of the school day. After school,we'd all meet at a clearing [on school property] and happily blast away at clay pigeons. On a side note,this was back in the days when summer vacation was a solid 3 months long. Good times,man,good times. Anyhow,nowadays a kid showing up for school with a nail file in his car gets expelled. Boy,I'm glad I went to school when I did !
  • by anon Location: wallace on May 13, 2010 at 05:29 AM
    ONE SIMPLE QUESTION? where are the parents??
  • by Kevin Location: Kinston on May 13, 2010 at 04:46 AM
    This bus driver was stupid. If the driver felt this was serious enough to call the police, then why in the name of God did they stop and ask him if he was going to get on the bus while he was carrying a gun. The driver placed every student on that bus in danger and should loose their job. For all those patting the driver on the back if your child was on that bus would you want it stopping to ask someone carrying a gun if they were getting on the bus. Come on people why praise a stupid possibly dangerious decision.

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