WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's been more than a week since 17-year-old Robert Davis was shot outside of West Bladen High School. For the first time, the teen is speaking out about what he says happened on the afternoon of May 11.
Davis faces a felony charge of inciting a riot. We talked with him today in his hospital room, where he was readmitted Tuesday night. He said he was an innocent bystander in a bad situation.
Davis said a fight broke out after school May 11and someone hit him in the head. He said he was then maced by officers, and when he tried to walk away he was shot in the back. The bullet is still lodged in Davis's kidney, and doctors are not sure when they will take it out. Davis says this situation is taking its toll on the entire family.
"I wanna get the surgery over with, so I can go home and not worry about anything else," Davis said.
Davis used to be a student at West Bladen High. Now he attends Extended Hope in Elizabethtown, but catches the bus home from West Bladen. He said gangs are a huge problem at at the school. Davis and his mother Beverly Jones said they tried contacting the school numerous times about safety concerns and that nothing was done about it.
"School is supposed to be safe, and West Bladen is not," Jones said. "Since they combined those schools together, it's been nothing but trouble."
Calls made to the principal at West Bladen High School went unreturned today.