FIRST ON 3: Student hurt, another charged at New Hanover HS

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office has charged a 14-year-old boy after he allegedly injured another student at New Hanover High School this morning.

Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says around 8:15 a.m., the suspect, whose name is not being released because he is a juvenile, threw an aluminum coffee mug from the fifth floor of the school. Brewer says the mug hit another boy on the head in the courtyard below. Brewer says the student was taken to the hospital, received six staples and was released.

The suspect is charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to cause serious injury.

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Schools got to be this way because for a long time folks just thought this was just horseplay and left it up to the school and parents to deal with it.

It isn't horseplay. It's a dangerous crime. The kid who got hit WAS in the right place at the right time. He was in school.

Some years back, this would have been handled by the school and the parents. Why make criminals out of irresponsible kids? Guess we are truly living in a police stste. A coffee cup a deadly weapon?

The school and the parents did handle the situation. They went to the police who charged the kid with a criminal act. You've managed to blame the school, the parents and the coffee cup but not the person who actually commited the crime.

A pencil or a paperclip could be deadly weapons too!

This perp has parents? (Emphasis on the PLURAL!) Highly doubtful! And yes, the last time I checked, throwing a metal object out a window onto someone's head does constitute assault, which therefore means that the object is a weapon. Look it up. Or ask your parents or school.

No, a coffee mug used as intended isn't a deadly weapon. One dropped from a high area hitting another person on the head requiring a hospital trip, is a weapon.

Good to see someone still understands the difference.

Was the coffee mug ok after the fall????

why would you ask that who cares about the coffee mug i would be more concerned about the child who went to the hospital.....

Thats why are schools have become "War Zones". When I was in school, in the late 70's, an act like this would have brought immediate expulsion, for the year. You knew better. And the few times, crazy stuff like this happened, it never happened again.

Now we have deputies having to patrol the halls. Gangster thugs can jump another student, and our "politically-correct" administrators just turn their heads. Instead of throwing out the violent bully thug, they hire more deputies, and create more "No Bully" programs.

The worst case was a football player caught selling drugs, out of his locker. He was arrested, taken before the magistrate, then taken right back to to school. The principle chewed him out, reminded him of the "zero-tolerence policy", then sent him back to class. Then the principle said he felt bad about "having to be so stern".

Back then, so what if 2 dozen troublemakers were taught a true life lesson, and thrown out. It saved the year, for the thousand others, that obided by the rules.

I actually go to the school and know what happened and it was nothing with drugs. This guy threw a mug out of the window to try to hit somebody because they thought it would be funny not to try to kill a drug dealer or what ever besides Mr.. Finn has it under control.

What an irresponsible little twit. Who does something like that?

A 14 year old, irresponsible little twit. A kid engaging in horseplay before class. The kid on the receiving end was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Was it intentional? If it was the kid has a hell of an aim.

...14 yr old kid that thought it would be funny to drop a shopping cart on a ladys head from 3 stories up just after she had just bought a bunch of halloween candy for poor kids. The lady is maimed for life and will never, ever be the same.
Unfortunately, we still have people occasionally born on earth that just shouldn't be here.

5th floor?

It is not actually a 5th floor, but a section of the 3rd floor. In one part of the building, the second and third floors are called the fourth and fifth floors to help distinguish what part of the building is being discussed.

Its Brogden hall gym side is the fifth floor