Student Charged With Bringing Gun To School

A student at Rocky Mount High School is in trouble with the law after police say he brought a gun to school.

Markel Mattocks is charged with possession of a gun on school grounds, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a handgun by a minor, resisting a public officer and communicating threats.

Police say the 17-year-old was found Wednesday with a .22 caliber revolver in his coat pocket after a school resource officer received information that he was armed.

Mattocks bond was set at $2500.


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  • by OpenCarry on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:32 PM
    This story is OBVIOUSLY made up and a complete fabrication. It is against federal law to bring a firearm onto school property. And it against both federal and NC law for anyone under 18 to possess a firearm without adult supervision. So there is NO WAY this boy could have had a gun at school, because everyone knows that "gun control" laws work. Please, WITN, I beg you to STOP publishing these fake news stories...
  • by greg on Apr 1, 2011 at 02:28 PM
    You are too funny! I am having a hard time not laughing at "real G" remark. Sad when kids in Rocky Mount pretend they are from LA or NYC only to ruin their lives in the end! Go help mama wash dishes and get a cookie. Leave the guns at home boys.
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      by dnt worry bout it on Apr 1, 2011 at 04:21 PM in reply to greg
      umm who ask u ?? u never knew what was runninq throuqh this child head!!! he kould of been bully or anythinq so pratice what u preach !!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    FREE my Cuzz kel! they cant hold a real G down
  • by Listen up kids. on Mar 26, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    Bring weapons to school does not make you tougher, or bad a**. It makes you an idiot. Nobody will ever respect you for doing something stupid like that. So be smart and do the right thing, go to school to learn and get an education, not to become another street thug.
  • by Bruce the Shark Location: Greenville on Mar 26, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    I bet his mom, pops, grandparents, his extended family, his church, and his entire community is shocked that this could have possibly have happened to him. I bet no one ever saw this happening to him in the past 17 years.
  • by concern parent too!! on Mar 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM
    Everytime you turn on the T.V. now that is all that you hear about, most of the time so sad:( This world is getting too bad, it is too easy for a child to get there hands on a gun these days. If you make someone mad the first thing they do is run to a gun,they don't believing in walking away. Thank God that no one was hurt.The law needs to get harder on the gun laws. I Hate Guns!!!!:(
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      by JusticeForAll on Mar 27, 2011 at 05:23 PM in reply to concern parent too!!
      Actually, it's a lot more difficult for "children" to get their hands on guns today. NC has a law that REQUIRES adults to secure their firearms (in a safe, or with trigger locks) if there are children in the house. Didn't use to be that way. You didn't hear about kids taking their parent's guns to school in the '50s and '60s, when they were stored in the hall closet, or in their nightstands, unlocked and unsecured... It's not the presence of firearms in the house that makes these kids do bad things--its the LACK of parental control, discipline, and positive influence that leads these kids into a life of thuggery.
  • by What up boo on Mar 26, 2011 at 05:01 AM
    Gotz some street cred now yo
  • by Anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 at 11:37 PM
    The amount of bond is not the issue he will just use his drug money he made from sales, to this type it's just the cost of doing business.
  • by OpenCarry on Mar 25, 2011 at 10:03 PM
    This news story is obviously fake. Under BOTH NC and Federal law, it is illegal for anyone under 17 to possess a firearm unless it is under adult supervision, AND it is illegal to possess a firearm on school property. There are LAWS against everything this person supposedly did. And since "gun control" laws always work, there is simply NO WAY that this story happened as reported. PLEASE, WITN, stop publishing these false, made-up news stories...
  • by BellCurve Location: Library on Mar 25, 2011 at 02:59 PM
    You should read the "Bell Curve" by Herrnstein. His IQ is related to his environment and other factors. He was doomed from the beginning? We should really talk about sterilizing those on public assistance or at least make them pass a drug test before funding.
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