UPDATE: Teacher Charged With Having Rifle In Car At School

A high school teacher who was charged with bringing a gun to school has been in trouble with the school system before.

William Wiberg was arrested after a hunting rifle was found in his car that was parked at J.H. Rose High School.

Pitt County School officials say Wiberg is a social studies teacher at Rose and is now on unpaid suspension.

Earlier this year the school system says Wiberg was put on 30 day suspension, but they can't elaborate. Wiberg has worked for the school system since 1999.

The school system says they received a tip the rifle was in plain view in Wiberg's car.

School officials also say they do not believe there was any ill intent from Wiberg.


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  • by rose student Location: Gvagas on Apr 30, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    this is not a big deal people i mean. the man had no intentions of killing anybody!! he was going turkey hunting after school let out that afternoon.. if he was going to harm someone he wouldnt have just let the 12g shotgun laying in his back seat for everybody to see! he would have hid it or something. i understand that police needed to take his gun from him since"he was at school" but i hope he returns soon becuase he is a awsome teacher!!!!
  • by Truth on Apr 29, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    Whatever happened to the principal that was at Grifton School last year? Oh yeah, she's still employed but in a different job. If you're a principal that is involved in something, you get moved to the central office!!!!
  • by Will 09" on Apr 28, 2011 at 04:34 PM
    Coach Wiberg is a man with much resect at Rose high and honestly earned it he I am positively sure he knows of polices at the school. In the same since I am sure he is more then intelligent enough to not leave a weapon in plain view it sounds to me like someone was being to noisy and finally got there luck break. As a closing statement Wiberg is one of the best teachers to have ever teach me at Rose High and he needs to be back teaching where he belongs.
  • by Former student on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:25 PM
    Mr. Wiberg would never hurt anyone especially not his students. I was a student there last year and he always talked about going turkey hunting NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT...and the fact he had his weapon in his car he was going after school give him a break, really?? Its people like him that we need at rose not the thugs that carry weapons to school. Grow up people! Mr. Wiberg did nothing wrong. You have worse things to worry about at good ole rose high such as the drugs, weapons, thugs, and gangs. NOT a innocent teacher.
  • by Molly on Apr 28, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    I love Mr. Wiberg so much and I know that he had no intent of doing anything wrong. It's turkey season and he was likely going on an after-school hunting trip. It's unfortunate that he got in trouble for it the way that he did. I understand school rules, but I want everyone else to understand that Wiberg is kind-hearted man and one of the best teachers that I have ever had.
  • by MC Location: ENC on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:33 AM
    I graduated from Rose in 1987 and had Coach Wiberg as a teacher; one of the best I ever had. I know he hunts and I also know he would have no ill intent. I wish him well.
  • by Da Berg Crew Location: Rose High on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    Mr. Wiberg is an awesome teacher and has a passion for the subjects he teaches that no other teacher can compare with. This is a conspiracy theory and he shouldn't have been arrested. The rifle couldn't have been in plain view because his windows are tented, someone had to have pushed their head against the window purposely trying to get him in trouble. His passion for teaching can't be beat and he better be coming back to Rose! FREE THE BERG!!!
  • by chris Location: jacksonville nc on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:51 AM
    When they outlaw catapults, only the outlaws will have catapults... If you take the guns out of the hands of the good guys, only the bad guys will have guns and who is gonna fight the bad guys... Yeah it was stupid for leaving the rifle in plain view in the back seat of his car... He should have put it in his trunk :) Gun's dont kill people, people kill people... If someone would have shot that crazy asian guy in the face at that college shoot out, not so many innocent people would have been killed.
  • by k Location: Ro High on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:49 AM
    Wiberg is the man, best teacher ive ever had
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Apr 28, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    I think there are several factors in play here. Crime was not intended on the teacher's part. That is good. We also don't need another stolen firearm on the streets, and this one was in plain view. That is bad. But our schools have policy in place, and the policy seems to prescribe the same treatment and consequence for those intending malice versus those who mean no harm. Owning a firearm is a sizeable responsibility, not just a right.
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