High school student charged with having loaded handgun in vehicle identified

VANCEBORO, NC (WITN) WITN has learned the name of a high school student who was arrested Thursday on charges he brought a loaded handgun to school.

Curtis Holland, 17, was scheduled for a first court appearance today in Craven County according to court records.

The records show the West Craven High School student is charged with felony gun on education property.

Deputies say a student saw the weapon in the Holland's vehicle and alerted a teacher who contacted the school resource officer. The SRO then saw the gun himself and charges were brought.

Initially, deputies said the student was a juvenile under the age of 16 and they would not release his name. In North Carolina, those 16 and over are charged as adults.

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A student at West Craven High School in Vanceboro has been arrested after deputies say a loaded gun was found in his vehicle.

The Craven County Sheriff’s Office was notified after a student told a staff member about the suspect having the gun Wednesday.

The school resource officer on campus was alerted, and he found the loaded handgun in the 15-year-old boy's vehicle.

The student is not being identified because he is a minor. He is being charged as an adult with felony possession of a firearm on educational property.

“The safety of our students is a top priority and there will be zero tolerance for those who bring weapons on our school campuses,” said Sheriff Chip Hughes.