SUPERINTENDENT: Student With Weapon Threatens Classmate

A middle school student is in trouble with the law after authorities say he had a weapon and threatened another student.

Superintendent John Farrelly says they are investigating a 6th grade student in possession of a BB gun at Union Middle School in Washington County this morning.

Farrelly says the student had the BB gun in his backpack and that other students saw the gun. Farrelly says the student then threatened a girl classmate who informed a teacher. Officials say when approached, the student turned the gun over to staff.

Law enforcement says that the incident will be investigated as a misdemeanor and not a felony.

Earlier, the superintendent said the school resource officer was exploring felony charges for bringing a weapon to school.

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  • by OMG Location: nun of ya bussiness on Feb 21, 2012 at 07:39 PM
    doesnt make no sence i know him thats afriend of mines
  • by Fred Location: Creswell on Feb 9, 2012 at 09:03 AM
    I couldn't agree more that the problems at W.C.U are many!THERE are also many reasons why they exist: too many to mention. However,there are a number of ways to begin healing these wounds. There must be dialogue that is honest, forthright, and focused on helping these children. Most of the daily focus now is about who's wrong and who presents the greatest insult. It's not about you or me: it's about creating a wholesome learning environment for ALL of Washington County's children!
  • by Let's make a difference Location: Roper on Feb 7, 2012 at 06:28 PM
    There is a problem with disciplinary issues and everyone can see this.I agree with some of the comments, but in order to fix the problem we all need to come together on one accord and and find a solution to fix our problems. If we all say we want what's best for the children we need to stop making excuse's for our kids, stop pointing the finger playing the blame game, and man up and try and get things back in order. Let's do away with all the negatives and work together to help save our kid's. I'm all for supporting anyone with positive feedback and the school system and the Superintendent should want the same thing i do believe.
  • by Peral Location: Creswell on Feb 4, 2012 at 08:28 AM
    Response to W.C.U. here is the section of the general statutes I quoted. "(d) It shall be a Class 1 misdemeanor for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slungshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal shaving), firework, or any sharp-pointed or edged instrument except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction, and maintenance, on educational property." So before you run your mouth on something you don't have a clue about research it first. My glasses are on but your stupidty is showing. So W.C.U. respond to that.
  • by School Board Location: Washington County on Feb 4, 2012 at 06:08 AM
    The problems stem from the elected Washington County Board of Education.. They will not back school administration with what needs to be done.. They are more concerned keeping their elected positions. Look Back: just a few weeks ago, the super fired a teacher who was a felon and the school board over ruled his decision and re-hired the convicted felon.. With that kind of teachers what do you expect.. There have been hundreds of students who have left Washington County and have enrolled in other schools.. WHY ?? Because parents are concerned for their safety. The school board should fix the problems instead of trying to hide them.. I was told a rape occurred in Plymouth High a week or so ago.. Has that made the news.. NO, What's being told is: the Sheriff's Dept. and School Board are hiding it so the school does not look so bad..
  • by SMH Location: NC on Feb 3, 2012 at 11:05 PM
    As I read through these posts it saddens me. Everybody blaming somebody. Read your comment and ask yourself am I any better. And for all of those parents blaming poor parenting do me a favor pay an unannounced visit to the school and check up on your child. You just might get a shock of your life. All I'm saying is how has the cruel comments about the Superintendent, administrators, teachers, parents, students, etc. helped anything? And for every problem you identified what have you done to be part of the solution? Definitely somethings have to happen but this condemning and negativism does not appear to be the answer either.
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Feb 3, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    Not surprised! Just another typical thing in the Plymouth-Roper area!
  • by Rose on Feb 3, 2012 at 01:30 PM
    I went to WCU about 10 years ago and it was bad then. It IS NOT THE TEACHERS/STAFF it is sadly poor parenting.
  • by Wondering Location: Roper on Feb 3, 2012 at 08:36 AM
    God is in the schools, if I am not mistaken He is in everyone who is a Christian. Why do people always say God must be back in the schools? I prayed in school all the time, I just didnt make a spectacle of myself when I did it. God is in those who live for Him and I know there are people at Union who are Christians. My question to Kathy so we should push religion down others throats. There are a lot of so called religions in this country which one do you think we should make people attain to?
  • by Kathy Location: Plymouth on Feb 3, 2012 at 12:22 AM
    Until God is allowed back in school, it is gonna just get worse!

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