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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Parents of a 6th grade student at New Hanover County’s Trask Middle School are outraged after they say their son was reprimanded after looking at a catalog with guns.

Stanley Wardrip, says he got a call yesterday from the school resource officer. The issue was one he never could have expected.

Wardrip says his son was reading a sportsman catalog while on the school bus. He says his son was not looking at the magazine in class, but some other students were talking about it. When the teacher overheard, she called the principal, who notified the resource officer, Wardrip said.

Wardrip said red flags were raised because the catalog had pictures of guns and knives.

New Hanover County Schools Assistant Superintendent Rick Holliday said he could not comment on this particular issue, but he said it’s up to the discretion of each employee on what is considered appropriate reading material.

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  • Rusty

    Time to remove all the encyclopedias and such from the library; I’m sure they have pictures of weapons too…

  • Bill O’Brien

    So, please tell us the facts of the case. What did this child do that elicited such a response from the school? Did the SRO contact the parents or not. You seem to have first hand knowledge of the situation so please, let it out! Otherwise, you are defending something that does not deserve defending. If this child was doing nothing more than looking at a sporting goods catalog then Trask has some issues. In a town that is currently dealing with rampant crime and gang violence, it would appear that educators and SRO’s would have more to be concerned with than this.

  • Guest2020

    Actually, parents have a right to reject assigned books and request replacements. I would rather see a kid looking at a magazine with guns in it than reading a book with a graphically depicted rape scene.

  • seaweaver

    Those books are already being phased out do to Common Core. Common core is more the same liberal madness uniformly distributed across the nation except in those few states that have rejected it for home rule.

  • Guestrad

    Well geeze you certainly seem to know what your talking about. What makes you such a professional on the education system?

  • Guest11233

    Did you even read the article you idiot? The principal wasn’t scared and in fact she didn’t even see the student due to the fact she was in a meeting all day.

  • Rachel

    I’m actually not a liberal what so ever, I’m a republican and own many guns. But the fact everyone on here is talking crap about the staff at Trask is what aggravates me. The child never even got in trouble and was never sent to the principal I know that for a fact. So before everyone believes a story that a parent submitted, maybe you should call Trask directly and ask them what happened.

  • looknurway

    AGREED !!!

  • jmmemmoli

    Perhaps we should start sending the library gift issues and subscriptions to Field and Stream and others such publications? We can always choose the bill me later option.


  • johnnyboy

    So much for JROTC and performing drill with rifles. No rifle team or skeet-shooting teams at school. Heaven forbid a kid shows interest in joining the military at all. I was stationed at Camp Lejeune and later in Wilmington as a reservist. We used to march in the Azalea Festival parade. I guess that’s illegal now since so many children are present. Parents might as well take away tv, computers, video games and encyclopedias in addition to magazines. This way kids will grow up being totally unprepared for REAL life after being safely tucked away in an overly-cautious and totally safe home.

  • yeah

    your about to see full blown stupid, check out the new common core curriculum our schools are being forced to adopt.

  • Guest7484

    I agree, this is just ridiculous. Things have gotten so out of hand. Too busy worried about stupid little things like this and miss the big things. SMH

  • Native American

    …throw a tarp over the big guns on the Battleship N.C. that are pointing towards Wilmington. Children may see them and get the wrong idea.

  • Guest 1492

    And plain, old fashioned common sense most definitely isn’t one of them.


    Poor baby bless your heart.You misguided liberal.

  • Vog46

    Do you want to know why this is stupid?
    No forget that this was a magazine.

    No these are the VERY SAME FOLKS that many of us here has said to arm.
    Teachers and administrators…
    Put guns in schools……..

    Really? Think about it.
    There’s no amount of training you could give people like this to make them proficient.
    But quite a few of us said that exact thing – make teachers conceal carry to protect our students.
    And here they’re afraid of a reading magazine?
    No thanks. I’d rather pay to have an LEO with a gun in each school as opposed to giving these idiots a weapon to use.


  • Cathy Wahnefried

    What’s next? Will it be against the law to read LITTLE WOMEN or THE SCARLET LETTER or THE BIBLE or ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER ? Political correctness has gone completely out of control.

  • average idiot

    i was being far too generous

  • OtherGuest

    All persons of authority (principal, resource officer, teacher) should be fired on the spot for infringing on the students civil rights.

    Those positions all probably require a college degree. A major part of the college experience and intended result is to produce an individual with critical thinking and reasoning skills, much more important than any learned facts.

    These people demonstrated their total lack of critical thinking ability and have no place in an educational institution. They have already done unreconcilable harm.

  • Guest5046564654

    Right. They are filled with wars! Guns, knives, bows and arrows, oh my!

  • Guest6969696969

    This Made Our news yesterday..
    Jesus, WTF is Our Country coming to!
    Will He be “reported” as a Homegrown terrorist next?
    YET there’s Sign(s) with GUN Pictures on them, indicting a “gun Free” ZONE? ie: *free fire*?

    I remember the Days in Jr. High,(Early-Mid 70’s).. I was able to take the “Wild Life” Safety Hunting class, back in the day, it included, SAFETY of Firearms,TYPES of Fire-Arms,Hunting SAFETY, Safe cleaning Procedure(s) , Safe hunting/clothing, Even how to butcher/clean your “Kill”…
    We even had “Field Day at a Shooting Range!”(with a .22 AND a 30.06 and a 410 shotgun)..
    I recieved a WildLife “patch” cert. etc etc, They taught these Classes IN SCHOOL! WTF has happened!

  • John Galt

    Sieg Heil

  • Wilmington Observer

    Why did the School Resource Officer (SRO) get involved in the first place? When approached by the, scared, Principal the SRO should have informed the Principal that “reading” is not against any North Carolina General Statue and, therefore not a law enforcement issue. If the, scared, Principal was so concerned with the reading material, he should have dealt with it as a “school issue”. But, even that is a stretch. Other than to elicit the comments, showing disgust at the school administration, why did the parents contact the media??

    Wilmington Observer

  • Brian R.

    I’d love to see schools put 25% of their anti-firearm energy into anti-bullying as I would expect a school to be anti-violence. Somehow they fail to understand that they need to focus on what drives someone to acts of violence, with bullying being a potential precurser to more violent acts.

  • Tommedic

    So, now according to this assistant superintendent, an employee decides. I thought the Constitution was in play here. And I do believe that the Supreme Court has ruled in past that the schools can have a written policy that must comply with Constitutional standards. But no where have I ever seen in any school system where an employee has that right. Where are we in the USSR? Living in a region of the country where sporting such as fishing and hunting are so prevalent, I would think that this would be encouraged reading.

  • Johnston Babcock

    The school is limited in deciding what reading material is appropriate for a student to school materials only. Any other reading material is subject to the discretion of the parents.
    The state does not rear our children, the parents do. This is progressive liberalism at its worst.

  • fixing stupid

    This is past the borderline of stupidity! Just think people, these folks are teaching our children. If the child had a Victoria’s Secret magazine with skimpy underware would there have been the same reaction. What can you expect from a society where a soldier can die for his/her country with the next of kin receiving a folded flag and a note expressing appreciation for the loss, but a professional basketball player announces that he likes men and the president finds time to give him a personal call showing support for the announcement. This country is swirling down the toilet bowl at a rapid pace!

  • wilmington217

    This is ridiculous! Where was the threat of harm??? Where they worried he would roll
    Up the magazine and start hitting kids with it? The good Lord gave us brains but it is
    apparent to me that some folks are not using theirs.

  • 357sig

    Just who exactly is this bastion of common sense?

  • Sacha

    There is no borderline to it; this is just sheer stupidity plain and simple!

  • Slave2None

    Time to remove all references to the Revolutionary war, Civil war, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam,, Gulf war 1 & 2 and Afghanistan. Oh yea, and the entire history of Humanity from school books. Only rainbows, unicorns and lollipops can be taught about now!

  • Pulling hair out

    You call this border line stupidity? I’d hate to see full blown stupid.

  • Rachel

    The fact that anyone can report this story to someone without having the facts straight is what really amazes me. People always want to find a way to put someone else down. The entire staff as Trask Middle School is excellent and if he was reprimanded then there was probably more to the story, but of course you people don’t care about the truth of the story. I love how it doesn’t say how the child was reprimanded, maybe in reality he actually wasn’t. Before you talk bad about the teachers and staff there, maybe you should look at all of their outstanding achievements in the past 8 years. They outrank all the other middle schools in several things almost every year.

  • Guest757

    After reading this story I thought it must be a joke…

    But the sad thing is it was not a joke.. This is all going way too far…point blank… come on, reading a magazine that has guns and knives..

    what a waste of everyone’s time…

  • average idiot

    The gun debate is one thing, but this is borderline stupidity.

  • tke1

    Proof positive of the stupidity and total absence of common sense in the liberal community that controls our schools. These are the same people who would punish a child that nibbles away at a Pop Tart until some fool thinks it resembles a gun.
    Folks, these are the same people who are indoctrinating your children and creating the same brainwashed goofballs that they are.

  • just wanted to add my two cents to your “what a waste of everyone’s time AND MONEY … “. There really is no cure for stupid, oh and paying for it all at the same time. In closing, Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Golfnrev

    Well, they might as well throw out the U.S. History books.

  • Guest O Rama

    Take a gander at the UNC system curriculum for teachers and how much of it is about diversity and social justice and other pablum. It is all about WHAT to think, not HOW to think.

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