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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover High School was placed on lockdown this afternoon after a shooting near campus.

Wilmington Police say a New Hanover High senior was shot in the leg near the school and was taken to the hospital. Police are still trying to figure out exactly where the shooting happened and just what happened to send a young woman to the hospital and close down the school.

Investigators believe the shooting happened on 12th Street between Princess and Chestnut Streets around 1 p.m. Police say they have not found any witnesses and do not even have a specific crime scene.

New Hanover High Principal Todd Finn says the school went into lockdown immediately after hearing about the incident. He says his staff does everything in its power to keep students safe, but it can only protect the students that show up for class.

“Beyond our walls and beyond our sidewalks there’s not much we can do, so we want to emphasize to our kids that you want to be in class, you want to be in school, because we exhaust every effort to ensure your safety while you’re here,” Finn said. “Once you make that decision to not come to school on a particular day, we really can’t help you, and I think that’s why it’s so important to be in school.”

Finn says the school was only under lockdown for a matter of minutes, but teachers remained vigilant throughout the school day.

Police say the student did not call police and had a friend drive her to the hospital. Hospital staff then notified police.

The name of the student has not been released.

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17 Comments on "Police not sure where, why NHHS student shot near campus"

2015 years 9 months ago

5 minute lock down when an unknown shooter is on the loose after shooting a student NOT on campus. it was close enough to campus that all area schools should have been on lock down.
Let’s be real, had this happened at any other high school the lock down would have been for longer.
This is a school decision and it was irresponsible. Regardless of what NHC schools or the administration learned from the officers they should have waited to learn more. They should ask–How do the police ascertain in 5 minutes whether or not the shooter is anywhere near? Even if the victim said I shot myself, can an officer really investigate to confirm? If it was self-inflicted (this is very hypothetical) than would it not serve our students well if there was a determination as to why a student had a gun in the first place?
What I am saying is regardless of what may have been learned in 5 minutes, is in no way enough time to determine if students should be outside the school during class changes, lunch, etc… I am tired of the students at the schools who’s populations are of predominantly lower socio-economic status being short changed and treated as second class citizens.

2015 years 9 months ago

You need to get real. When a lockdown is instituted, the school reacts to the police reports. When it is given the “all clear” by the police, the lockdown is lifted. That was the case and the school reacted in the most appropriate manner. This incident happened off campus, and the kids in the school, including my own, were safe. Bravo to NHCS for being prepared.

2015 years 9 months ago

Them move yourself to Ashley district and you wont have to worry about it.

2015 years 9 months ago

Probably because it actually happened 30 minutes before the school was notified. It says she went to the hospital and the hospital police notified wilmintong police who would have in turn notified the school.

I’d be a little more irritated with the people that live near 12th/Chestnut that didn’t call the police when someone was shot. That says a lot about that neighborhood.

2015 years 9 months ago

How can someone read this short news article, with very few details, and not only try to fault the school administration but somehow twist it into a plot against blacks and those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.

Give me a break – You can’t fix stupid or a racist (no matter their color)

get the facts straight, Truth
2015 years 9 months ago

To the first poster on this thread: Since when did you become the expert on lockdown procedures? Isn’t it possible that the student, who brought herself via friend to the hospital, gave the police a statement that led them to give the all clear to the school? According to the news, if you saw it, the hospital called the police about the shooting, not the girl. This means that by the time the police even got the student’s statement, it was at maybe an hour after the shooting before the school was notified that a shooting took place off campus. As they should, the school hears “shooting”, they play it safe. They lock down. When they hear from the police that the lockdown is not necessary, they go back to normal. As it turned out, the school was in good hands and everyone who was ON campus was safe. Looks like the right call was made. So please stop spouting conspiracy theories and calling racism where it doesn’t belong. The school did the right thing, and everyone on campus was safe, regardless of race. Take your stopwatch elsewhere, because you are way off base.

2015 years 9 months ago

It wasn’t the school’s fault, and nobody is to blame but the shooter and the student. It’s an unsafe neighborhood, and they skipped class on their own accord. The school was locked down for a brief period because it was an isolated incident. Afterwards, though, the school was put on code yellow; meaning that nobody can leave the classroom unattended by an adult.

2015 years 9 months ago

The information that is shared with or obtained by the principal is not public knowledge. I am sure
Mr. Finn would not compromise his students safety.
So you know the faculty and staff under Mr. Finn direction ran a modified lockdown after code
Red was lifted. The faculty and staff made sure students were safe in their classes and safely
Escorted around campus. The students at NHHS safety while obtaining a great education is the
number one priority for the entire staff at NHHS.

2015 years 9 months ago

As a New Hanover Parent, I am thankful that my child attends a school that places an emphasis on conducting drills that prepare them for days like today. Even when they drill, we are notified within the hour. I am also thankful that the school placed a phone call to all parents stating what happened, that it was not on campus, and that our kids were safe. Anybody can criticize from afar, but the schooland police know more than these critics do, and they acted in the best interests of all. We are thankful that our kids are safe on campus, and agree with the principal’s sentiments: stay on campus, don’t skip school, and you will be safe! Bravo, NHHS!

2015 years 9 months ago

It is amazing that with such a short news article, which contains very few details, that a person can turn the article into a commentary on race and social bigotry. Get a life

You just can’t fix stupid and racism (no matter what the color)

2015 years 9 months ago

Sometimes I get upset when I get those automated phone calls that tell me the school had a drill. Now, I am glad that the school drills our kids. You never know when a real danger could be out there, and the drills prepare our kids for the real thing. I am glad that the cops and principles make safety a part of everyday learning. I am also glad that as a parent, I knew what happened when it happened.

2015 years 9 months ago

they did not call because there was no shot…do you notice they say nothing about where the person was shot? they just happened to be NHHS students whom were not in school. It was during school hours and they were students so it was presumed initially that it happened on campus. The victim later claimed it happened around 16th/market but you can’t get shot on the street and no one hear a bullet, no casings, and no blood. think about it.

Tired of this stuff
2015 years 9 months ago

What do you expect when you have a school in this area. Drugs being sold on the corners near the school, thugs wandering all over the place near the school. i’m so glad my child doesn’t go to this school or any other school in the hood, If you live in the hood then you should have to go to this kind of school. It fits the people living around it

2015 years 9 months ago

You need to watch what u say! So I guess the doctors and lawyers that live in the hood are hood material too. You a nut for even making this comment. Some people have been living near this school way before it got out of control in the area. Instead of trying to talk down about people why don’t you report what you see because for someone who don’t live in the hood you know what’s happening there. So are you a “On the downlow Hood visitor”?hmmm

2015 years 9 months ago

please look in the mirror…the only mention of race was from YOU.

Shiniqua Locke
2015 years 9 months ago

for all you people thats talking about this school is not a good place NEW HANOVER HIGH SCHOOL is a good place its not what happens on campus its what happens around it. You cant fault the school for being in an environment like this. this school was here way longer than any of this been going on. Our principle take WONDERFUL care of us and makes sure we are safe and protected in our society. SO TO ALL YOU THAT SAY SOMETHING ABOUT MOVING TO ANOTHER SCHOOL OR OUT OF THIS ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE PERFECTLY FINE!!!!!


2015 years 9 months ago

AMEN!!!!! i know thats right.


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