FIRST ON 3: Three students charged for weapons possession at elementary school
 

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- How safe are your kids once your drop them off at school? After a string of arrests at local schools we found they may not be as safe as you think.

In the final week of February alone there were six students arrested in New Hanover County for bringing weapons to school.

Tuesday morning New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested three students under the age of 10 at the Freeman School of Engineering for bringing an airsoft gun, and a lighter that looked like a gun to school.

When WWAY asked parents about the incident on Wednesday they said they had no idea.

"It's very scary,” said George Brinson. “It shocks me to hear that that's actually true."

Dr. Rick Holliday, assistant superintendent of New Hanover County Schools, says that the students were caught as soon as they got off the bus and were cooperative with school administrators.

Holliday said that parents weren’t notified because it is a common occurrence.

"I don't remember anyone ever bringing a weapon to school,” said Brinson.

"That's not common at all,” said Cait Smith. “You kind of wonder where these kid’s parents are. I know if that were me my mom would have killed me!"

While parents get daily emails about the positive happenings around their child’s school, they say they never receive information about students bringing weapons unless the school goes on lockdown, and that’s just unacceptable.

"It's scary but I feel like a lot of schools, whether it's at the elementary school level or at the university level really do brush a lot of big issues under the rug,” said Smith.

"I wouldn't think I would want to know about it immediately that day by text because I think that would probably set off alarms for a lot of people and it probably wouldn't be appropriate,” said Brinson. “It's frightening to think that someone would have that at school where you think your child would be safe."

Dr. Holliday told WWAY that generally the weapons students are caught with are knives, and some of the time they are brought to school on accident in a lunch box.

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My daughter recently informed me that a boy who stabbed another boy over the weekend a few weeks ago was permited back into her school. It scares me that the school board allows such violent students to walk the same halls as my sweet sweet baby. What if this boy is having a bad day and lashes out at school? Durring the conversation she explained to me that this is not a rare occurance, she has had students with probation ankle bracelets in her classes, and even boys who are involved in home invasions, and the infamous pizza hut shoot out. These things take place at north brunswick h.s., and as a parent I was unaware until she spoke to me about it, I imagine they take place at all area schools. There should be guidlines about who can attend schools and walk the halls with our children. I am seriously thinking about looking into private school, or home schooling.

I remember at Hoggard when they informed those of us with gun racks, with loaded weapons during hunting season, that we needed to keep them in the trunk during the day, but we did not have to take our holstered knives off our belt.... Then again, we could also smoke as long as we had a note saying it was OK from a parent, and left campus for lunch....
Glad the smoking is not there anymore but I would have never thought it would not be OK to have a regular old pocket knives..
Times haven't changed, ...people have... It's a shame what's become of society.. But its our own doing.

Thank God they weren't performing science experiments!

CREDITS: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2573998/I-star-jar-13-yea...
Jamie Edwards' reactor was able to smash two hydrogen atoms together
This made him youngest person to create helium through nuclear fusion
Fusion took place in a controlled environment at his school in Lancashire
Head teacher Jim Hourigan said: ‘I was a little nervous when Jamie suggested this but he reassured me he wouldn’t blow the school up'

Arresting a ten year old for a lighter????? Wow, I feel much safer now. I'm surprised they didn't call in the gang unit or emergency response team for this "thug".

Since this kid is a "thug" I'm surprised they didn't call in a K-9 handler and throw one of their dogs on him but since it was the NHCSD and not WPD, maybe they don't use that tactic just because they can.

Where as this is extremely overboard punishment. My concern is that things handled in New Hanover County School Systems are not done unfairly. Just last week there was a white child at Winter Park Elementary that bought the same type of gun to school and was only suspended but we did not hear it on the news or anything. It seems that if anything happens in the inner-city schools the media is quick to expose it but the same things that happen at the other schools we never hear about it. I just feel there should be equal media coverage of all schools if these issues are going to be exposed. Also the children should be punished equally.

I didn't see where the color of the kids was mentioned. ..maybe your a racist...

The rules are clearly there in BLACK and WHITE as to what "IS" and "IS NOT" allowed to be brought to school. Whether you like them or not, the rules are established and are there for a reason. If you don't like these rules, either remove your children from the school or have the rules changed. No rocket science here.

The school is simply applying the afore-known penalties for breaking these rules. That's just the way things work in this world. Now...the parents have the "responsibility" to teach their children to abide by the rules. THAT...evidently wasn't done here with these boys. The parents abilty to shape decision making in their children is at failure here.

There are a lot of "rules" in this world I don't particularly like, but I either abide by them or prepare myself to suffer the consequences should I decide not to. Whining and denial of responsibility will never change that.

BANG!! Now arrest me.... I dare you. This is what we get when the gubment is "protecting" us from ourselves.. WE are not as smart and as advanced as those in Washington DC so WE are no longer allowed to make decisions for ourselves. Yes Spike, I know this ain't what you meant but.. - "Fight the Power"!!!

plastic, not anything that looks like a gun. There are reasons for this. One is called "Columbine" the other is called "Sandy Hook". Due to the nature of a few psychotic, mental misfits, common play cannot happen anymore. No more "Cowboys and Indians", no more "capguns", nothing with anything that resembles a weapon. That's just the way our super sensitive, PC, whiney-butt society works. Being that's the fact, you don't bring plastic guns to school, no cigarette lighters that look like guns and don't point your finger at another like your going to shoot them.

Those are the rules. As stupid and sensless as they may be, this is what they are and they are perfectly clear. If parents can't do a better job of teaching their children the basic rules of attending school to include what they can and cannot take on school grounds, they're going to have an much tougher problem keeping them out of prison when they eventually mature! Those boys are not simple minded kindergarteners, they very well knew better that to bring those toys to school! Question is: Will this teach them or their parents anything?

Because something is a rule...doesn't make it right or just. Please find something to keep you busy on election day..just don't vote.

If ya don't like the rule and think it to be unjust, change it. For now it's a rule, a very well know rule (except for a fewboys and their parents)...plain and simple.

Not quite sure who the hell you think you are, but I have NEVER not voted on election day and will continue to do so as I please. You can go back to sopping your bottle in that smelly armchair now.

Sounds to me like they are using a hammer to kill a nat. Kinda' over kill don't ya think? Just my thoughts.

It could have been a real gun just as easy as a toy then everyone would have yelled something different. If these kids would have shot another with the airsoft gun or burned one, everyone would have been yelling lawsuit.
Zero Tolerance= Zero Tolerance. Why did the parents not know the kids had these items?

Does anyone believe this story? 3 children under the age of 10 arrested for having a gun that shoots plastic balls and a lighter that looks like a gun? Was the grand conspiracy to rob the lunch room and roast some hot dogs? Whatever happened to calling the parents and working out a punishment suitable for children under the age of 10? Nothing can justify the adults acting in such a reckless manner.......was the 3rd child arrested for being friends with the other 2, or maybe because they looked at their arsenal? I am glad I do not have a child attending this school........people this reactionary and paranoid do not have any business being in charge of or interacting with anyone, especially children. Has common sense left the entire universe? Will the next story be about a 5 year old "tazed" for talking about a gun?

You guys have no idea. I personally know the teachers and students at this elementary school. The police did NOT over react on this. We are threatened with all kinds of physical violence by these students and the administration stands by and does NOTHING. Suspensions don't work for these kids. That's what they want to happen so they can be sent home.

"We are threatened with all kinds of physical violence by these students and the administration stands by and does NOTHING."

Please read again what you wrote and explain how children younger than 10 years of age terrify you.......You say you personally know the teachers there and then you say "we are all threatened". Are you one of these teachers? If your solution for discipline problems for children under 10 is arrest by the police, please find another way to make a living.........

NONE were weapons...PERIOD.

While these students showed terrible judgement (as many in that age group do), is being arrested the best recourse?

I think it's a silly overreaction typical of silly school systems today.

I agree some punishment is in order, maybe a suspension and special training on the subject. However, this has many parents shaking their heads.

Our education system is in complete shambles. It is actions like this by school officials that make one realize why the schools are like they are. Absolutely no common sense or intelligence is used anymore.

Zero tolerance = zero flexibility in dealing with issues like these. Far too often school administrations are forced to severely punish kids for innocent mistakes. If a kid brings a gun to school, use the full force of the law to punish him/her. Kid eats a pop tart to look like a gun--not so much.

Tolerance policies show that those we entrust our children with have ZERO ability to use common sense and reasoning skills.

When does common sense come into play??? Dear Lord, these kids are not criminals and treating them like that will only leave a negative impression. Stop the Insanity!!!!

It is so sad that 3 little kids now have police records. While I don't understand the need for this type toy or a lighter at school, it hardly warrants police action or arrest for either. Sounds like the police and school officials are more dangerous than the kids. We need to get things back into some sort of perspective and not be so dang touchy and sensitive about trivial matters. Glad I don't have kids in school. I would hate to think that I had to entrust them to people who don't have enough brains to recognize what is a threat and what is not. And, the poor kid that just touched one of them is also in trouble. Totally absurd.