NEW INFO: Hunter Causes Winterville School Lockdown

A Winterville elementary school went on modified lockdown Monday morning after the principal thought they saw a man with a gun, who turned out to be a hunter.

Officials with Pitt County Schools say the modified lockdown at Ridgewood Elementary off Thomas Langston Rd. started at 7:44 a.m. Monday.

A modified lockdown means the teachers are continuing with instruction, but all doors are locked. No one is moving within in the school.

Law enforcement determined that the man the principal saw was a hunter. The woods behind the school belong to the man's father.

The hunter's brother tells WITN News that his brother had a compound bow, not a firearm.

School officials announced at 9:20 a.m. that they had made contact with the hunter to ensure the safety of the students.


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  • by Johnny Location: Winterville on Dec 17, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    Look he should not have been hunting so close to a school period. He needs to get sent to jail for it.
  • by t Location: enc on Dec 13, 2011 at 01:31 PM
    oh my i drove by a school this am with an AR-15 and a 9mmRuger in my car shut down school
  • by ill Location: will on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    this is his land yall stupid.. they need to move the freaking school away from his land point blank period
  • by Tony Location: eI on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    For all u princpal bashers and think hunting near schools is an ok thing go to WTOP.COM and read the story about the 3 Texas hunters brought in for questioning about 2 children shot on a playground while playing basketball.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:02 PM in reply to Tony
      Yeah they were using guns and something doesn't add up about their story. This story here on witn states that police made contact with the gentleman and they weren't charging him with anything. This means he was in compliance with all state and local hunting laws including having his license. I don't hunt and never plan to but if this gentleman had his paperwork in order and didn't break any laws he shouldnt be catching all this flack.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:19 AM
    To all those who have bashed the principal ( I haven't) read today's daily reflector. There is an article about 2 kids in texas who were shot outside and hunters are suspected. Yes, it was after school, but that has nothing to do with it. The principal did the right thing in my opinion.
  • by me on Dec 13, 2011 at 05:48 AM
    all this is crazyy! yes i can understand that there was someone close to a school so yes they put the children and staff in a little lockdown. it says that the children and staff were still in classes teaching and everything so they did the right procedures.. but what im not understanding is, why are yall targeting the hunter? it was his land! im sorry but if the land that i owned was near a school and it is HUNTING SEASON, i would still be hunting to. bottom line, give the hunter a break. it is hunting season ya know?
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      by person on Dec 13, 2011 at 07:15 AM in reply to me
      i agree! just cause they dont like hunters doesnt mean they have to claim he was threating the school.
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      by jack on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:03 AM in reply to me
      "give the hunters a break"?, how about the kids, use common sense if ur a hunter, like maybe ur kid goes to school there, unfortunately accidents happen even with the most resposible hunters.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 11:30 AM in reply to me
      When you hunt on YOUR LAND, do you keep the bullets on YOUR LAND?
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        by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to
        Excellent question! I have a feeling some won't know the answer though lol.
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        by There should be a law on Dec 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM in reply to
        No hunting within a mile of a school.
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        by niceguy on Dec 13, 2011 at 01:55 PM in reply to
        The story clearly states the hunter was using a bow. The typical bow hunter in eastern NC normally shoots at a maximum of 60 yards due to the landscape. This shot is typically taken from a stand, meaning the arrow will travel very little past the target. This being said, 300 yards is more than safe range for this hunter to shoot.
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          by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:54 PM in reply to niceguy
          I'm not a hunter and even I know that. Wake up people, the only thing he was going to hit would be the ground. Responsible hunters know not to shoot in the direction of houses/schools/people whether it's a gun or bow. Irresponsible hunters like those who shot the two boys trying out for basketball accidentally are the ones putting people in danger. The police checked him out and no charges were filed so it sounds like he was abiding by the law.
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          by me on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to niceguy
          thank you niceguy, if he was using a gun then i would have never said anything in the first place.. but it was a bow! it is not going to reach the school, it probably would land on the ground before it killed anything!
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        by Dar on Dec 13, 2011 at 04:56 PM in reply to
        To answer your question: Yep....I always fire in a direction where I KNOW where my bullets will land.....know your surroundings, boundries & most importantly the strength of your ammo.
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        by really? on Dec 14, 2011 at 06:29 AM in reply to
        to anonymous at 2:30pm. when im hunting on MY land, yes my bullets stay on MY land.
  • by Wayne Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2011 at 07:24 PM
    Thanks to the staff of Ridgewood Elementary School for the decisions they made today!!!! Better to be safe than sorry. My daughter and granddaughter are at this school and I would expect nothing less from the staff. One thing that bothers me is the amount of time that it took for the Greenville PD to respond and then determine that the woods were in the county so it was up to the Pitt Co Sheriff's Dept. to take over. A man dressed as RAMBO(face painted as well) could be more of a threat than just a hunter. Remember people we are talking about young kids here not ADULTS.
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      by REM on Dec 13, 2011 at 03:25 AM in reply to Wayne
      That's why schools shouldn't be "gun free" zones for law abiding citizens. If there was an actual threat, the police would only be able to show up after the murdering had occurred, and many people would be dead and injured. I think lockdowns and "gun free" zones are an open invitation for thugs.
  • by Kathy Location: Greenville on Dec 12, 2011 at 05:42 PM
    I understand that the principal was trying to do the right thing and all but i just think that people done got so crazy now that we start to assume things that apply to us.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 12, 2011 at 05:27 PM
    anyone who believes that a student saw this said hunter "Hunter" 300 yards from school property needs to be questioned..he was CLEARLY within eyesight and anyone who knows ELEMENTARY school kids know that they will report what is right in front of them they would not notice someone 300 yards away....the hunter is not being honest.
  • by I know on Dec 12, 2011 at 04:07 PM
    Okay folks. The hunter DIDN'T have on an orange hat. He was in full camouflage, like Rambo. That's why the principal was worried. Great job Ridgewood Administration!
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      by Rico on Dec 12, 2011 at 05:34 PM in reply to I know
      You dont know if he have a orange hat on or not. Did you see the 6 oclock brodcast, the Clark family apoligized for any panic they might have caused by using THEIR LAND. The school made the correct decision and the hunter had the right on his own property.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 13, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to I know
      I think if you're on your own land, and you haven't given anyone else access to be out there hunting while you are, the orange hat is pointless.
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