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Law enforcement: Lil Wayne concert not a threat

WILMINGTON -- Local law enforcement officials say a controversial concert scheduled at New Hanover High School this weekend is not a threat to public safety -- but some parents aren't convinced. Rapper Lil Wayne has a criminal record and publicly admitted to being in a gang. He is expected to draw thousands to New Hanover High's Brogden Hall on Sunday. But some young fans -- like Samantha Kilpatrick's 14-year-old daughter -- will be staying home. Kilpatrick said, "I'm not allowing her to go. It's too dangerous." Kilpatrick isn't the only concerned parent. The president of New Hanover's PTA expressed her disapproval to NewsChannel 3 -- especially given the school's recent problems with purported gang violence. New Hanover County Sheriff Sid Causey said, "Certainly that concerns us, but again our intent is to keep the peace and whatever happens, we'll act accordingly." Causey says everyone who enters Brogden Hall Sunday -- including Lil Wayne and his entourage -- will have to pass through a metal detector. Deputies will patrol both the inside and outside of the building with help from the Wilmington Police force. But for parents like Kilpatrick, that's still not enough. "I don't care how much security they have stationed out there, anything could happen and I'm not willing to risk her life on that," Kilpatrick said. The school board heard many concerns from parents and did considered canceling the concert. However since it couldn't be proven it would be a threat to public safety, the board couldn't break the contract with the promoters.

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