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PENDER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A gun was found in a student’s car on school property friday night in Hampstead. Today Pender County Sheriffs deputies charged the young man with possessing a gun on school property.

The gun was found while Topsail high played its homecoming football game. A deputy patroling the area saw a gun case containing a shotgun in an SUV.

The student 16-year-old Robert Lee Cox the Third from Hampstead, was charged today with possessing a gun on educational property. He appeared before a magistrate in Burgaw and was given a 500 dollar unsecured bond.

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2015 years 10 months ago

Do you all know how many parents are off on Friday, hunt in a club, leave the hunt long enough to drive and pick up their child at school and go straight back to the hunt so their child can join in on the Friday afternoon hunt? Most of the time, the parent’s gun is right there in the 4 whhel drive truck. We need to monitor this so we can arrest all of these people. It happens everyday during season but more so on Friday. Maybe we can arrest some of these taxpaying, school PTA members because they are criminals for circling thru the parking lots to pick up their child with a weapon in their vehicle. It will be another source of income for the government and the schools if they will “fine” them in court. (This was sarcasm)

By the way, I am a 13 year teacher and the visible gun doesn’t scare me. It’s the ones in the bookbags walking around me everyday that I fear.

Guest Tammy
2015 years 10 months ago

TRES is such a wonderful person!!! He is not a person who would hurt anyone EVER!!! He is just a sixteen year old boy who wanted to go see his sister on the homecoming court and wanted to go straight over to his friend’s house to spend the night and go hunting in the morning. He had his duck hunting UNLOADED riffle in his case in the back of his LOCKED SUV !!!! ( he didn’t even have any shells!!!) CLEARLY he wasn’t there to harm a soul!!!!! IT’s a shame that in this world that a teenager can’t make a mistake but an adult can kill their own baby !!! How would you feel if this was your Dad, YOUR brother, your uncle, your son, your cousin, or your Nephew???? ( or that girl in your life…. whover that person in your life that likes to hunt ) Most people would love to be half the person that TRES is!!!!!!!!! GOD’s got you TRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2015 years 10 months ago

we love you tres. <3

2015 years 10 months ago

One good reason not to have a gun on campus is because school campuses can have a very high car break-in rate. While this student may or may not have had bad intent, a thief may not be so considerate of your right not to get shot while fooling around with a gun they just stole. Obviously it wasn’t too secure if the Deputy saw, it could have been a break-in thief that saw it instead.

Terissa Jordan
2015 years 10 months ago

Don’t think of it as “gun control”, think of it as “victim disarmament”. If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals! It’s sad you adult’s have nothing better to do then to make harsh comments as i have seen on here today about how “he should be thrown in jail”. You are pathetic! Yet someone who KILLED A CHILD; got a slap on the wrist and some probabtion? I mean was it really that big of a deal? No threats were being made, no one was hurt, and he wasnt running around with it in his pocket like he was going to kill someone. Why dont you people lay off, and worry about the ones that really are KILLING PEOPLE rather than a younge boy who was caught between making it to a football game after a evening hunt! Society these days are becoming much over rated on the things that DO NOT MATTER rather than worrying about what really does. You parents give your children too many demands these days, having to be home at a certain time, having to make a certain grade, having to be here and there when you want them to be. Wanting a CHILD to be perfect and a adult when they are only younge and to make mistakes as Tres has here and shouldnt have to be a convicted felon and have no future. You people complain about how much our drop out rates have increased and why kids do not want to attend school and this is the reason why! Acting silly over a child at a football game that has done ANY HARM! We have Pender County Police running around like the Barney Fife, acting as if they had a free pass to society! Sad to say it took Police less than 5 minutes to find a gun in a childs car with no harm, but a man lost his life due to their laps in resonding because they were too busy worrying over something that DIDNOT matter as this. It sounds like your using Tres to make a bad example for the school because the deputies are slack. How many deputies THAT NIGHT that were NOT on duty had guns in their cars? Quit making him look like he has done such a harsh crime when in reality he has done nothing wrong! Just a simple boy trying to make it to a football game in time after hunting that evening!


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