Gang Activity Possibly Related To MAC 9 Found At School

Gang activity may be related to a 13-year-old boy who was found with a MAC 9mm pistol at school on Friday. The MAC is a semi-automatic handgun.

Lenoir County deputies say the firearm was discovered by staff at Woodington Middle School in the student's backpack. The weapon was not loaded.

Staff had been alerted by another student who say the weapon was in the suspect's waistband.

The teen was charged with felony bringing a firearm to school property, and deputies are trying to determine who owned the firearm and how it fell into the hands of a 13-year-old.

Deputies say they have gathered information that the student with the gun and some friends were involved in some sort of gang affiliation.

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  • by Cuts Location: Kinston on Nov 10, 2011 at 05:06 PM
    Things will never improve until PARENTS step up to the state and demand better quality schools. Cuts, cuts, cuts...that's all the school systems across the state have seen in the past few years. There are more demands and responsibilities for school staff now more than ever before. I urge each parent to write your local representatives and demand the budget cuts for schools STOP! It's going to take our whole village to help our schools! As far as this whole situation, there are gangs...EVERYWHERE in public schools-teaching your children how to make responsible decisions and live good lives is the way to keep them out of a gang. Making them understand the laws and consequences of bad decisions can never hurt anyone either!
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 at 06:26 AM
    ya right gangs i do not think so, to all you want to be gang members.get a job.o quick call the naacp.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    its none of ur buss
  • by frustratedWMSparent Location: Pink HIll on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Why wasn't the school put on lock down? Why wasn't ALL the kids and their lockers searched? For the notifications to the parent, I get more info from that automated mess about school getting out early.
  • by nunyabiznis Location: kinston on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:50 PM
    The 13 yr old that was caught with the gun is not the one that carried it to school, this kid still says sir and ma'am, he was bullied and antagonized by the gang members and set up for this because his guardians were trying to get him away from the gang activities going on at Woodington middle school which is where he made contact with them. The guardians had e-mailed a male teacher and asked him to try to help them keep him away from the gangs to which they got no response and no help at all from their attempts. Don't worry the 13 yr old will not be returning to Woodington middle school, but the rest of the 18th street gang will still be there and now they'll be looking for a new target so keep a close watch on your children and freinds and offer help to the ones that you know need it.
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      by frustratedWMS parent on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM in reply to nunyabiznis
      Why have parents not been sent home any letters informing them of the 18th street gang, or any other gang activities at Woodington middle school? Maybe it's time people recognize that Diane Heath nor her assistant is doing their jobs! Last year the busses weren't safe and now this year the school isn't safe. It seems to me the school system protects the "bad" kids and the kid with the "parents" that could care less. I've reported severeal things to that school & NOTHING happens! What is it going to take?
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        by nunyabiznis on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:36 AM in reply to frustratedWMS parent
        because the school system doesn't want anyone to know what is really going on, because current laws and situations with lack of funds and equipment make it impossible for them to do much about it. You have to have proof to act on anything and the gangs scare people into silence, a security camera system that covers all of school grounds and classrooms would supply a lot of proof but they are expensive to install and maintain just not enough budget for safety. As for Mrs. Heath she seems to be more like a politician than a school principle to me, I'm sorry but thats the impression I get from listening to her talk, doesn't care about the problem just how to cover it up It's going to take an uprising by the community to make a difference and work to get rid of "all negative influences" in our schools, from gangs to the superintendants wherever and whenever needed, but to many are scared or just don't want the hassle of stepping up to tell the truth
  • by To: Are you kidding me: Location: ----- on Nov 8, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    You must be an Administraitor. The phone call sent out by the school was barley 2 sentances long. Also staff have been instructed not to speak to the media or they may lose their jobs. Obviously You dont know your facts i wont say names but the facts are the facts
  • by Are you kidding me?!? Location: Kinston on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    To Fact: For someone who knows "for a fact," you sure have the facts messed up.
  • by Fact Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM
    Just so everyone knows i know for a fact that the gun was not found a student told on him. This happened in the morning and the the administrators did not notify the faculty untill after school and also dide not sent any info to the parents till the day after... So you got to ask yourself. Are your loved ones safe???
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      by nunya on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:23 PM in reply to Fact
      the gun was confiscated at 12:45, the guardians of the child weren't notified until 2:22, the parent's of all the rest of the student's parents weren't contacted until 6:30
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        by ANGRY WMS PARENT on Nov 9, 2011 at 06:01 AM in reply to nunya
        We were notified at 6:30 with half amessage. Glad my daughter had allready told me. My question is, how come the school wasn't put on lock down? How come ALL the students and their lockers not searched? Are the officials scared of what they would really find? WMS has given me a bad impression since my daughter has been there.
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          by Anonymous on Nov 9, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to ANGRY WMS PARENT
          They have given me a very bad impression too. Definetly a lot different than when I attended there over 3 decades ago, back then the only gang was the football team, and that goes on everywhere, even today, but teachers could still paddle a disruptive students behind and make them respect authority enough to behave in class by realizing there are consequences for their actions, which a lot of them obviously miss at home.
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          by nunyabiznis on Nov 10, 2011 at 08:41 AM in reply to ANGRY WMS PARENT
          sorry that wasn't supposed to be anonymous, I'm not scared to let my identity be known, just don't want to cause additional problems for the real victims in this story
  • by John Location: Lenoir County on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:59 AM
    Why in the world a principal would go and confront a potentially armed student is beyond me. Why did she not wait for law enforcement to arrive? If the student had pulled it out and shot her between the eyes and then shot himself or other students, where would we be today with this story? Use your brains people!
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      by 40 on Nov 8, 2011 at 08:44 PM in reply to John
      The principal should be commended. What if she didn't go take it and he commenced shooting people. Would you be saying this the other way around?
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        by John on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:53 PM in reply to 40
        She had no way to defend herself or defend the children had he decided to go postal. All she had to do was keep a eye on him until police arrived. Again, bad decision on her part! I am sure there was some sort of written plan she was suppose to follow.
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      by nunyabiznis on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:16 PM in reply to John
      because she was confronting a non-violent kid, and it was originaly reported as a knife, and besides thats part of the job, and aparently the budget only allows for one deputy for all the lenoir county schools and he was at Frink at the time, do you suggest letting a violent student be allowed to maintain possesion of a gun for possibly an additional 30 minutes or so because you're to scared to do your job or are you just putting your fingers in gear ahead of your pea-brain again
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        by John on Nov 9, 2011 at 04:57 PM in reply to nunyabiznis
        Sorry, but confronting an armed kid is not her job. Her job is to immediately report the incident to proper authorites and allow them to deal with the issue. Prinicipals and staff are not equipped with bullet proof vests and firearms. Again, bad decision on the part of the principal. Would she have been running to take the gun away from him had he began firing it in the classroom? I think not!
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          by angryWMSparent on Nov 10, 2011 at 07:19 AM in reply to John
          But it is her job to try and keep our kids safe while at school and to inform parents. This WHOLE situation was handled poorly!! I use to think my kids were safe at WMS but after this I am not so sure! We are definately looking at different schooling options.
  • by Parent Location: Greenville on Nov 8, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    My new priority: Sign my elementary school aged son up for the nearest private school. ASAP!
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      by michelle on Nov 8, 2011 at 09:41 AM in reply to Parent
      private or public schools thats not going to stop gangs!
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        by Parent on Nov 8, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to michelle
        Although we cannot prevent 100% of crime/gangs, the statistics speak for themselves. The majority of kids join gangs due to lack of parental support and care. The parents that are willing to pay the money to send their kids to private school (for a better/non government led education) are also more than likely the ones that have major involvement in their kids lives. Reality is you don't hear about this crap coming out of private schools and that is proof enough for me!
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          by nunyabiznis on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:12 PM in reply to Parent
          no the majority of kids join gangs to keep from being beat up all the time by the gangs with several people ganging up on them at the time with nobody to help them out especially at school, schools are to busy trying to cover up what is really going on to address the real problems that the students have to face everyday, when the students complain to school staff if they even bother to beleive them then they question the gang and they all lie and get by with it and all that does is get the student who complained into more trouble with the gang, with budget cuts the norm lately they will never get a handle on the violence in schools the teachers are to busy with other things to keep an eye out for problem students and there aren't enough extra officers to keep an eye on every school especially when the county budget only allows for 1-2 officers to cover the schools of the entire county, they can only act upon proof and if nobody in authority sees what is happening then its one students word against another and the ones that cause problems regularly are usualy better liars than people realize and get off without any punishment at all and then the victim is continuously taunted and bullied by the same bullies who continue to lie their way out of trouble. They need to invest in a security camera system to moniter all school grounds including classrooms so they have proof of who did what to who, then they would be able to prosecute some of these bullies because THEN they would have PROOF but of course the schools wouldn't be able to hide anything anymore and for some reason that seems to worry them a lot

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