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I don't like guns that much but this is bs!

this is near me. I really cannot make sense of this. I'll highlight the important parts.


A Princeton High School senior and honors student who says he inadvertently brought two unloaded shotguns onto school property will be allowed to graduate, an attorney for Johnston County Schools said Thursday.

David Cole Withrow, 18, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of bringing a weapon onto educational property, after he realized he left the guns in his car after skeet shooting over the weekend.

Kim Boykin, a family friend speaking on behalf of Withrow's family, said he tried to get permission from school administrators to take home the weapon but instead, was arrested and expelled.

But Jimmy Lawrence, an attorney for the Johnston County Schools Board of Education, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Withrow has not been expelled and that the school system superintendent "has made provisions" that will allow him to continue his education and to receive his high school diploma if he meets graduation requirements.

A spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools said she could not speak specifically about disciplinary measures against Withrow but said that, generally, students bringing weapons to school are suspended for 10 days with a recommendation to be suspended for a full calendar year – the mandate according to state law.

"The Legislature has mandated what actions law enforcement, school principals and school superintendents must do upon finding a violation of this law," Lawrence said. "It was enacted for the purpose of 'deterring students and others from bringing any type of guns onto school grounds because of the increased necessity for safety in our schools.' This has never been more true, based on recent events that have occurred at schools in the United States in the last few years."

Frank Wood, an attorney for Withrow's family, said Withrow was initially suspended but that it's unclear for how long since the length of time is not on the suspension sheet.

Johnston County Superintendent Ed Croom reviewed the case, Wood said, and agreed to forgo the recommended 365-day suspension and to allow Withrow to finish out his high school career, beginning May 13, at an alternative school.

Boykin said Withrow's family is still not satisfied since he will not be allowed to walk with his graduating class.

"He's an Eagle Scout, a guy who made a mistake, and he doesn't deserve to have his diploma not have Princeton High School on it," Boykin said. "He doesn't deserve to not walk across the stage with his friends that he's known since pre-school."

Fellow students have started a "Free Cole" campaign, including bumper stickers, T-shirts and social media to let Withrow's story be known.

They have said that it's unfair that he wasn't allowed the same concessions as an assistant principal who made the same mistake in 2011 when she unwittingly brought a gun to school and was suspended for three days without pay but didn't face criminal charges.


The news quickly spread on the Internet, causing an outpouring of support from across the world.

"It's overwhelming, it really is," Boykin said. "In this horrible situation that (the Withrow family) is in the middle of, this is the one thing that they have that they can hang onto – that there's so many people coming out to stand up for their kid and realize he's a good person who made a mistake."

Withrow's even received scholarship offers from Harding University in Searcy, Ark., and Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va.

"We think he is a victim of a system that is a little bit, maybe, too overly sensitive to certain things," Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said. "There has to be room for honest mistakes, and right now, I don't think the law does that."

As far as the criminal charge against Withrow, he is scheduled to go to court May 16.

"We don't believe there is any evidence that he knowingly and willingly brought a gun to campus," Wood said. "I feel confident that we can get a good result (in court)."


http://www.wral.com/classmates-rally-around-princeton-student-expelled-for-gun-in-car/12404125/




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by on May. 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM
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Sisteract
by Whoopie on May. 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

Wow- he is a very mature looking HS student-

Quoting DSamuels:

He's an Eagle Scout, for one thing. That is very hard to achieve and you have to work your butt off. He was also an honor student.

Here's the story I saw on Fox News today:

A North Carolina Eagle Scout who was arrested and faces expulsion for accidentally leaving a shotgun in his pickup truck in the school parking lot has been offered a scholarship to attend Liberty University.

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Cole Withrow was just a few weeks from graduating with honors from Princeton High School when he was arrested on Monday and slapped with a felony weapons charge. Withrow had been skeet shooting with friends a day before and had only noticed he had left his shotgun in his truck as he reached to grab his book bag.

The t-shirt that got Cole Withrow a scholarship

The t-shirt that got Cole Withrow a scholarship

When he realized his mistake, he went to the front office and called his mother. An administrator overheard the conversation and called police.

Withrow’s story has generated national attention. Hundreds of people have joined a Facebook community to show their support. And many local parents are upset over what many believe is a case of a young man getting severely punished for trying to do the right thing.

“You teach your kids if you’re in trouble or if you see you’ve done something wrong, go ahead and admit it,” family friend Kimberly Boykin said. “Be a man and it’ll be fixed. In this case, that’s what he did and he’s being punished for it. That’s not the lesson we need to teach our kids.”

Jerry Falwell, Jr., the chancellor of Liberty University, had been traveling through North Carolina and saw a local television news account of Withrow’s ordeal. He also noticed that the 18-year-old was wearing a “Liberty University” t-shirt.

Falwell told Fox News that he made a few calls and discovered that Withrow’s sister is a Liberty graduate.

“I was really impressed with what a meek and humble Christian kid he is,” Falwell said. “I thought he would be a perfect fit at Liberty.”

So the chancellor made the 18-year-old an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“I told him that we would give him whatever scholarships he needed to attend Liberty University,” he said.

Falwell said the university is willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the teenager gets a college education.

“The anti-gun zealots seem to be vilifying him for making an honest mistake,” he told Fox News. “We want to reward him for trying to do the right thing.”

And that means even helping the young man finish his last few weeks of high school. Falwell said they offered to let him finish his high school work through their online academy.

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Va., is the world’s largest Christian university with nearly 100,000 students. The chancellor said he’s been flooded with messages of support for Withrow from the Liberty community.

“It’s something our whole university feels good about,” he said.

For now Withrow, who had a spotless record, faces a precarious future. It’s unclear at this point how the pending criminal charges will be worked out.

Falwell called the boy’s predicament “disturbing and unsettling.”

“When you see a basketball player who is glorified for announcing that he’s gay and then you see an honest young man like Cole arrested and treated like a criminal for making an honest mistake – you wonder what’s happening to our country,” he said. “The culture seems to be completely disconnected from our roots – our Christian heritage and our Constitution. I hope the American people wake up before it’s too late.”

Quoting Sisteract:

If the offers were extended solely because of this incident....

Full scholarships should be offered for academics or another stand out skill- Honesty- do we not assume as a baseline that all students are honest, unless their behavior (s) indicate otherwise?


Quoting DSamuels:

The president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell jr I think, saw him wearing a Liberty University t-shirt (the kid's sister is a student there) and offered him a full scholarship.

What's so ridiculous about the offers?


Quoting Sisteract:

Why?

Those offers are as ridiculous as this story.

Quoting emeraldangel20:

it hasn't. he's been offered free rides to colleges because of this.

Quoting norahsmommy:

The poor kid should have just not said anything. He is an honest kid though and thought the adults would be reasonable and understanding. Most adults are not and he just leaned that. Poor guy. I hope this doesn't screw up his future.






MessedUpMama
by Member on May. 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM

The big problem is the felony charge he's facing. If convicted he will not be allowed to own a fire arm ever again. It will make a difference when he applies for jobs and /or loans, as in he can be denied just because of that. A felony on his record will be a problem for the rest of his life.

jllcali
by Jane on May. 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM
The fact that the assistant principle did the same thing and got off without felony charges, but he is being charged is bullshit. If she got off, so should he.



Am I the only one that finds people "forgetting" where they put their firearms disturbing? To me, that is highly irresponsible. Firearms are lethal weapons. That has to be respected and not respecting the lethality of a firearm often leads to carelessness, which contributes to unintentional discharging of firearms, often with disastrous results. I know exactly where mine is at all times. I ALWAYS check to see if it's loaded before handling or letting someone else handle it. ALWAYS.
candlegal
by Judy on May. 4, 2013 at 8:42 AM

wow, seriously.  They can offer a scholarship for anything they want to.  It sounds like he deserved it.    I suppose you have a problem too with all those affirmative action scholarships, right?    You know for the ones that didn't deserve but the school had to give them anyway.  They had a quota to meet.

Quoting Sisteract:

If the offers were extended solely because of this incident....

Full scholarships should be offered for academics or another stand out skill- Honesty- do we not assume as a baseline that all students are honest, unless their behavior (s) indicate otherwise?


Quoting DSamuels:

The president of Liberty University, Jerry Falwell jr I think, saw him wearing a Liberty University t-shirt (the kid's sister is a student there) and offered him a full scholarship.

What's so ridiculous about the offers?


Quoting Sisteract:

Why?

Those offers are as ridiculous as this story.

Quoting emeraldangel20:

it hasn't. he's been offered free rides to colleges because of this.

Quoting norahsmommy:

The poor kid should have just not said anything. He is an honest kid though and thought the adults would be reasonable and understanding. Most adults are not and he just leaned that. Poor guy. I hope this doesn't screw up his future.





teri4lance
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM



Quoting Woodbabe:

Wait, so HE realized it and tried to get permission to take them home? Sheesh. He should have kept his mouth shut and let them remain on campus. Or privately called a parent to come get his car. Nice to know that admitting you made a mistake and then trying to correct it will get you screwed over...THAT is a valid life lesson.


right - I was thinking shit, he should have just faked a stomachache and went home.  No one would have been the wiser. I guess we need to teach our kids to call home if something like this happens, you can't trust the schools to use judgement to decide the best course of action. Great life lesson - you are right. *insert eye rolling*

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 4, 2013 at 11:33 AM

This is ridiculous.  


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on May. 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

While he should absolutely use his brain next time and remember the weapons where in his car, he did indeed try to right a wrong here.  And in doing so he was punished.

The free offers to college............they should only be made due to his performance, academic and otherwise.  Offers made due to this incident are as ridiculous.

desertlvn
by Silver Member on May. 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I'm confused.

In another post a grandma left a gun unattended in her purse (it was loaded and her grandson accidentaly killed himself) and everyone thinks she is horrible and an idiot. This KID leaves guns unattended and people here blow it off and feel bad that the kid is punished. 

Yes, I see it was an accident. But seriously, if someone had taken his guns because of his stupidity and killed someone, then everyone would be talking about what an idiot he is. 

I'm glad he tried to right his mistake, but mistakes like these get people killed. 

BaronSamedi
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 12:36 PM

  This is why legislators need to read and understand what they are doing.  People are not robots.  Yes I think he was very naive.  Keeping your mouth shut would have been the best course of action.

Bonita131
by Bronze Member on May. 4, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If he was stupid enough to leave guns in his car on school property which he knows is a chargable offense, he deserves what he gets. Sorry, no sympathy here, if he can't be responsible now, he never will.

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