New Information: High School Gun Suspects In Court

Two teens arrested from bringing a loaded, and stolen weapon to Ayden-Grifton High School on Monday had their first court appearance Wednesday.

According to the Pitt County clerk of court, 16 year old Arthur Goddard is charged with two felony counts for possession of and larceny of a stolen firearm. He was assigned a public offender and scheduled to appear in court June 17.

The clerk of courts did not have further information on Shondarius Cogdell who is also charged with a felony for possession and a misdemeanor for having a weapon on school property.

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Two students arrested after authorities say they found a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol in school are due in court Wednesday.

Online court calendar records show 16-year-olds Arthur Goddard and Shondarius Cogdell scheduled for court appearances in Pitt County.

The two have also been released from jail, according to online records Wednesday morning.

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Two students are jailed after authorities say they found a loaded .32 caliber semi-automatic pistol in school Monday. The gun turned out to be stolen.

The two are ninth graders at Ayden-Grifton High School.

Deputies have charged Arthur Goddard with having a weapon on campus, larceny of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm. Shondarius Cogdell is charged with having a weapon on campus and possession of a stolen firearm.

The two 16-year-olds remain in the Pitt County jail.

Pitt County Schools spokeswoman Heath Mayo tells WITN News one of the students brought the gun to school and gave it to another. She says later in the day other students approached a school resource officer and told them they had seen the gun. The officer went into the classroom and found the gun in the student's book bag without incident.

Mayo says school staff did not believe the students meant to harm anyone. She says both students will be disciplined based on their school code. The maximum punishment for bringing a weapon on campus is a year's expulsion.

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  • by Allex Location: Vanceboro on Jun 9, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Judging the poor grammar, i agree with "here"...:stupid is as stupid does!!
  • by C on Jun 9, 2009 at 03:17 PM
    When I was in high school, we actually had a skeet shooting team. We'd show up for school in the mornings with our shotguns in tow, walk across the campus with them, and give them to our instructor to keep for us. After school let out for the day, off we'd all go to the edge of the campus, load up, and merrily proceed to blast those clay pigeons out of the sky. Nowadays, such an action would elicit an immediate school lockdown and the local SWAT team coming in like D-Day. I'm glad I went to school when I did...and oh yeah, our summer vacations from school began in May and ended in September. Ah, memories !
  • by NC MOM Location: Goldsboro on Jun 9, 2009 at 06:49 AM
    Country... you are onto something there. They do need discipline and to learn respect. Instead of giving checks to the family, the check can go to the school to supply their room and board. It doesn't need to be like a prison, just a home away from home with a better environment.
  • by here Location: here on Jun 9, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    Stupid is as stupid does. Where are the parents? Where? Stupid is as stupid does!
  • by Country Location: Wilson on Jun 8, 2009 at 02:27 PM
    There are way too many kids that are just not going to follow procedure. I have said since they put officers in schools that it will get worse.Well, it has. The new schools being built need to be "boot camp" style and consist of grades 6-12, put kids there that are problems (3 strikes, you're out).The courts do not protect other kids from them. The parent/guardian must have the kid at school Monday morning and pick up Friday afternoon promptly. They shall be taught discipline and respect for other people and their property. If they do not maintain a "C" (non-mental disabilities included)then they shall be given work duties as a punishment. They can have gardening, industrial and other arts for classes & will get training for a trade at the same time. Most of these kids are thrown to the side and will never get the opportunity to learn how to respect others. Don't treat the school like a total prison, but go the Marines/Army route and let them know who the boss is.
  • by Amused Location: MM on Jun 8, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    Afterthought:: The law does not let you expel EC kids like that. As far as I know, you still have to provide them with educational services, just at an alternative school or something. Now if they get a felony charge and get time, they'll be out of school but only for the length of the sentence and then back to the alternative setting.
  • by Amused Location: MM on Jun 8, 2009 at 12:03 PM
    Wow, I thought WITN's grammar was bad. I really hope and pray that you are making these typos on purpose. Otherwise, I may never be able to retire. P.S. As a teacher of special needs kids it isn't uncommon to have 16 year olds in the 7th and 8th grade. A lot of kids are not identified early and get retained. You can get retained up to three times at anyone level, Elem., middle, etc. Plus EC kids can go to school until they turn 22. It does not mean they are not trying or don't care about school. If you have a cognitive disability and function 2 or more years below grade level it is really easy to get Left Behind. Show some respect or at least pretend to be courteous!
  • by T1 Location: Winterville on Jun 7, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    People I am not putting the blame on anyone and certainly not education. You can have all o the education you want but that still doesnt mean anything. Being a black man my grandparents and parents did not have a good education but that didnt mean that they acted like thugs. These kids know right from wrong they are just stupid. Its amazing how we as black people can't listen to our parents and other leaders in the community but as soon as a cop or judge say something we are humble. Its sad that it takes our white sisters and brothers to teach us how to act.
  • by Eileen Location: Jamesville on Jun 7, 2009 at 04:22 AM
    These two thugs and others like them should not be societys problem, they should be their parents problem. Hold the parents accountable for what their children do. If they are on public assistance, cut them off, make them financially responsible, that will get their attention. If your child is out of control it is not my ( a tax payer) responsibility to take care of them, if I do something wrong, I do not expect others to clean up my mess. I am so sick and tired of hearing that poor little Jamal or Johnny comes from a dysfunctional family, most families are dysfunctional in some form, get over it and move on.
  • by haha on Jun 6, 2009 at 10:46 PM
    Carol, you took the words right out of my mind.

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