Kinston teens in court, criminally charged for hazing

Lender / Carr / Kinsey

Four teenagers are due in court Wednesday with hazing a fellow high school student.

Kinston police said former football team members 16-year-old Tykel Lender, 17-year-old Curtis Carr, 16-year-old Jontora Kinsey, and 18-year-old Marquis Williams are accused of hazing fellow teammate Preston Burris.

Police said the four locked Burris him in a car with them back in January.

Officers said Lender had a BB gun, and shot Preston several times.

All four are charged with hazing, while Lender is also facing a simple assault charge.


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Four Kinston High School students have been charged with hazing after a fellow student was shot on campus with a BB pistol.

Kinston police say it happened in a school parking lot around 2:45 p.m. Thursday. Police say the four suspects were former members of the school's football team, while a roster shows the victim was a teammate.

Preston Burris told police that he had been shot numerous times. He said while walking in the parking lot near the football field, several people asked him to get into a car. Once in the car, Burris said Tykel Lender was pointing the pistol at him.

When the student tried to leave the car, he discovered the doors were locked and he was shot four times in the arm by Lender, according to police.

The 16-year-old Lender was charged with simple assault, hazing, false imprisonment, and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational property.

Three other students in the car were also charged with hazing, false imprisonment, and misdemeanor possession of a weapon on educational property. They are 17-year-old Curtis Carr, 16-year-old Jontora Kinsey, and 18-year-old Marquis Williams.

Patrick Holmes with Lenoir County Schools says the students will be punished.

"If they are found to have violated any portion of that student Code of Conduct, the four who have been arrested will be disciplined separately by the school system," says Holmes.

The four were given $500 bonds and have been released from jail. There was no mugshot available for Williams, according to the jail.

Students had been dismissed about 45 minutes before the shooting because of exams, according to police.