Loaded Gun Found At Pitt County High School

A high school student is in trouble with the law after a loaded gun was found today.

Pitt County Schools confirm that the gun was found on a 17-year-old senior at North Pitt High School. Spokeswoman Heather Mayo says deputies were tipped off through Crime Stoppers about the possible gun. The school resource officer pulled the student out of class and he admitted to having the gun, Mayo said.

Tyler Summerlin was charged by deputies with bringing a weapon onto school property. He was released on an unsecured bond.

The school system says they don't believe Summerlin had any ill intentions with the weapon.

Deputies say the student told them he was doing some shooting last night and left the weapon in his vehicle. Summerlin told deputies once at school he put the weapon in his book bag and took it into school.


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  • by JusticeForAll on Feb 16, 2012 at 07:47 PM
    This story is obviously made-up and completely fictional. IT is against Federal and State law to have a gun in a school, and it is ALSO against Federal and State law for a person under the age of 18 to possess a firearm without adult supervision. Since everyone knows that "gun control" laws always work, there is simply NO WAY this story happened as reported. Please, WITN, when will you stop publishing these made-up, fabricated stories?
  • by laura Location: greenville on Feb 16, 2012 at 05:51 AM
    If this a shotgun, and he walked into school with it sticking out of his bookbag, then no wonder everyone got nervous- he should have locked it in his trunk. And at 17, he shouldn't have a handgun- not much sport shooting to be done with a handgun. I'm sure north pitt is a fine school, but it sounds like this kid needs another lesson about proper gun safety before he's allowed to have one in his hands again. Obviously he's not using the best judgement in the world. BTW- I had a rifle and a shotgun when I was 16...guns don't kill people, idiots with guns kill people.
  • by NPHS Grad on Feb 15, 2012 at 05:59 PM
    I graduated from North Pitt and although it wasn't the safest school I had the opportunity to attend it was a good school. Bad school or not, the student broke the law and needs to be punished. Kids get in trouble for bringing butter knives and fingernail clippers to school...a loaded gun is a much bigger deal!
  • by SMH Location: Greenville on Feb 15, 2012 at 04:11 PM
    Will you all please listen to yourselves. This is not about what type of school North Pitt is or how great and wonderful the teachers are there. I graduated from there in 1995 and although it was a "decent" school, it does not excuse the behavior of the kid. It blows my mind how Laws that are made not to be broken are so often bent in many cases to serve those of certain financial status or race. The kid needs to face time, like any other kid that would have been accused of or caught with a loaded weapon on school campus. Trust and believe that if my child had a gun in his back pack and said he went hunting last night and forgot to put the gun back in the house; He would STILL be sitting in Pitt Co. Detention Center tonight. I'm so glad that(true)Judgement day is coming and none of you guys will be the JUDGE!
  • by USayColorDntMatter on Feb 15, 2012 at 01:37 PM
    This is not about the school...this is about color because first of all when you get a report of a gun on school property; a lock down should have occured, second North Carolina General Statute § 14-269.2 provides that it is a Class I Felony for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any gun, rifle, pistol, or other firearm of any kind, on educational property or to a curricular or extracurricular activity sponsored by a school. 3rd and most importantly, if he was a black child we would not be having such a discussion. It is so sad of the insocial justice.
  • by Another NP Parent Location: GREENVILLE on Feb 15, 2012 at 11:40 AM
    In the words of a well-respected Greenville physician, "North Pitt is the best kept secret in Pitt County". Proud to be a Panther!
  • by Lisa Location: Pitt on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM
    North Pitt is a wonderful school. The young man involved made a horrible mistake by not taking the gun into his house; instead of into the school. But, I want to know how someone saw it in his book bag. When the bag was closed. It seems their was probably more than one crime getting ready to be commited.
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      by NPPanther parent on Feb 17, 2012 at 04:17 AM in reply to Lisa
      Thats what we are thinking also. He is a super kid that made a terrible mistake. He paniced trying not to get in trouble with it in his vehicle.
  • by Go directly to jail on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM
    nothing more to talk about
  • by NPPanther parent Location: Bethel on Feb 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Unless you have a child at NP please do not judge our school. Our school staff and student body are very proud of what our school has become. We have worked hard to clean up our image. Our school is no different from the other 10 high schools in the county. That's right, I'm also including the Private/Christian schools in the Greenville area. Our child was once @ a Christian school and the same problems exsist only kept quiet. We looked at schools and decided to stay @ NP because of the great staff and community involvement. If you would look at the other schools in Pitt you would find that NP is no worse than other schools in the county. If anything our school does a better job with less than the schools "South of the River" that get all of the funding and support from the county!
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      by Lisa NP Parent on Feb 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM in reply to NPPanther parent
      Well said.
  • by Habits Location: ENC on Feb 15, 2012 at 08:57 AM
    This is exactly why the school has to have policies for ALL students. I have seen posts on WITN defending middle school students for bringing pellet guns as "not dangerous" or the school is "over reacting". The "no tolerance" law must be enforced as soon as it applies-even if the student is 6yo! Only by showing that we mean "no tolerance" will it have any meaning. Maybe that younger student didn't know better-but the parents did or should. If "Joe public" doesn't want armed 17yos, then support the schools when they enforce this law with 10 yos!
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