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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