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Student shot at West Bladen HS, but didn't realize it until he got on the bus

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BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Superintendent of Bladen County Schools said one student was shot Tuesday afternoon at West Bladen High School as school was getting out out around 3 p.m.

"It sounded like a firecracker," Greg Killingsworth said. "The young man who was shot rode the bus home, went to his home and his mother brought him back to school, and he was transported from the school to the hospital."

Investigators are questioning two other West Bladen students, who are in custody.

The superintendent said the student was shot in the back, and the bullet is lodged in his kidney. He was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center Tuesday evening. WWAY was at the hospital when the student was flown in.

Security at the school will be ramped up Wednesday, and crisis counselors will also be on campus. The SBI investigated Tuesday along with the Bladen County Sheriff's Office.

"I want to assure everyone that there will be a presence here with security and staff," Killingsworth said. "We're going to make sure West Bladen is the safest school in America tomorrow. We're going to be proactive. It did occur, but don't want it to take place again."

Investigators are trying to figure out where the gun came from.

"It could have come from a car, a vehicle, it could have been brought back, but it was nothing that was ever inside the building," Killingsworth said.

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Bigger Problem

The problem is way bigger than Bladen County. It's a state and national problem. Until public schools everywhere are allowed to permanently expel dangerous students, the violence will continue to escalate. But state and national officials are too concerned about everyone's right to a free public education. Let's not forget the EC students who always come back to school no matter how dangerous they are so that their special disability rights are not violated. They can't help it that they are dangerous! Who is protecting the rights of the nonviolent students who are trying to get an education? NOONE! That is why good kids can't get a decent education. This 100% out of the teachers' control. Until they are allowed and encouraged to remove the criminals, public schools everywhere will continue to resemble jails more than schools. It's time for the parents to take the schools back!

This is why I choose to send

This is why I choose to send my child to a private school over a big car payment.

West Bladen and Bladen County Schools not doing there job

Over the past year west bladen student have been going crazy and what is the board doing about it nothing. i mean honestly what are they waiting on for someones child to get killed on school grounds before they address this problem. Its crazy there is no way you can justify whats going on its like the faculty is scared of the kids. your employed for a reason somebody needs to there job. KIDS get killed and hurt because of this dublin,tar heel,white oak, bladenboro,clarkton craziness. Honestly does anybody even know why they don't like each other its stupid....

board of education

I don't agree with you, about the board isn't doing anything. The board along with Mr. G. Killingsworth can only do so much. There are laws that protect the children who are causing the trouble. The schools can't send a child home from school that is causing trouble, because the education laws say that all student have a right to an education. So don't blame the board, or Mr. Killingworth this was in the school before Mr. Killingworth got there.

CONCERN PARENT

I DO BLAME HIM, THE BULLY LAW ACT ENFORCE EVERY SCHOOL TO CHANGE THEIR STUDENTS HANDBOOKS AND POLICY BY 12-31-09, BLADEN COUNTY BOARD TOOK THE EASY ROUTE WHICH IS "ZERO TOLERENCE" THIS DOES NOT PROTECT THE STUDENTS AT ALL, ITS A JOKE..THE EXTENDED HOPE SCHOOL IS A HANG OUT..THE UNCONTROL KIDS ARE RUNNING IT ALSO..OMG..ITS NOT SAFE AT ALL..THIS NEW SYSTEM HAS FAILED..WHY WAS THE KIDS THAT WAS PLACE AT EXTENDED HOPE "DAVIS" ALLOWED TO BE TRANSPORTED BACK ONTO THE GROUNDS OF WEST BLADEN 15 MINUTES BEFORE DISMISSAL TO ENTER THE SCHOOL AND LOTTA AROUND THE ENTRANCE CAUSING TROUBLE. WHO DECISION WAS THIS...A "SHORT BUS" SHOULD HAVE BEEN PROVIDED TO THE SCHOOL OF HOPE FOR THESE TROUBLE TEENS...WHEN YOU GO LOOKING FOR TROUBLE, YOU FIND IT..IM VERY UPSET TO HAVE FOUND OUT THAT THE BUS DRIVER HEARD THESE KIDS PLANNING THIS ON THE WAY BACK TO WEST BLADEN AND DID NOT INFORM THE PROPER OFFICALS TO PREVENT THIS INCIDENT. IM ALSO UPSET AT SOME OF THESE PARENTS THAT DID NOT TAKE THE TIME TO "RAISE" THEIR CHILD, AND WHEN THEY MISS BEHAVE AND BREAK THE LAW THEN YOU WANT TO CUSE AND BLAME OTHERS FOR THEIR ACTIONS..ITS TOO LATE..THAT IS WHY THEY "DONT" RESPECT YOU...

Parents and Staff

Well, maybe this is the wake up call that Bladen County needs. It's sad that it had to come to a child getting shot though! Balden County has been warned of gang violence and etc for the last few years. Only to live in denial, oh no that can't possibly happen here. Though at the moment the claimes are that this had nothing to do with gang activity there are other instances of violence that are suspect to gang activity. This saddens me, I grew up in Bladen County and went to schools there! When I was in school we respected our principal,teachers, adults and authority. These children have no respect for others or theirselves! We can not simply just place the blame on the school sure it would be the easy way out, but the majority of the blame lays with the parents for not raising their children right. Too many times parents leave children to their own devices, tv, video games, not getting involved with extra activities that keep them off the streets and out of trouble and just let them run wild! Children need guidance, love and yes they need disciplin! I had a child at West Bladen for a short time and in that short time my child witnessed other children disrupting the classroom, cussing at teachers, cussing at each other and doing drugs. When I grew up if we disrupted our teacher teaching muchless cussed at them we would have gotten a much needed paddling! And oh boy when we would get home we'd might as well be ready for the wrath of mama and daddy! Parents have gotten so lazy and sorry and so I don't care what you do just leave me alone! Here's a news flash if you can't be bothered to raise a child don't have one! Parents I urge you to yes take your schools back, give the adminstration more authority over your children! Also know your children, know who they are hanging out with! Don't leave them to their own devices, don't let tv, video games and gangs raise your babies! Teach them values, morals, respect, teach them to value their education and to respect authority! It's only going to get worse if you don't, so don't just sit there and cry about it, don't sit there and ignore it because if you just sit by and watch it unfold you are guilty for allowing it to continue!

WHO IS REALLY AT FAULT?

I can understand where you say that the parents are not doing a good job raising thier children, but think of this..... I graduated in the class of "98 from Bladenboro high school and the most I ever saw being brought to school was a knife, sure you had some rude students that talked back or cracked jokes on teachers but there was always a line of respect, why........ because the teachers had authority, the parents had authority, adults had authority... but now the laws are oh you dont do this to a child or that to a child and the child knows these laws so they feel that they can do whatever it is that they want to do cause no one has the right to spank thier a$$ or discipline them. Oh sure blame the parent if the child acts out or does not go to school blame the parent that they are not doing what they are supposed to but what can that parent do to show the child who has the upper had? It is okay for a police officer to tase a child or beat someone with that black stick they carry, but if my child gets out of line, I the parent, cant take a belt or switch to thier bottomside with out everybody and thier momma getting involved in my business. Ok lets define what child abuse is, and now lets define discipline. If the government gives the authority back to the adults and take the upper hand from the children things will turn out better, but what is a parent to do when faced with jail time because they slapped a smart mouth brat in the mouth for being sassy, it was not that long ago that my mom spanked my butt a shoot that made me want to do the right thing all by itself. The system needs to be re-evaluated take the upper hand from the children before it is too late!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

westbladenshooting

i just wanted to comment on the west bladen shooting and it appears to me when the government took prayer and allegiance out of school who did they think would come in.....THE DEVIL(SATAN)of course.IN GOD WE TRUST!OR DO WE REALLY? And its only going to get worse!!!!!FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOR EVERY GOD FEARING AMERICAN!!!!!!

What if we're not God-fearing?

Just wondering.

Not an isolated incident

I also heard that these students were involved in an altercation last week with a knife. I hope that these boys are not in the same class. If so that teacher must be an awesome teacher and a saint.How can he/she be expected to provide an education and have to be on patrol too.I think there is a huge cover-up by school officials to hide the fact that there is major problems with the Bladen County Educational system and that there is a drug problem. Parents Get Involved! The teachers are limited. Go to the principal, board, MEDIA....Kids are using cough medicines, excess amount of cold/sinus meds to get high. The school needs to get this info and get it out to the parents as to what to look for. Thats proactive!

There was an altercation

There was an altercation last week at EXTENDED HOPE and the word never got out. It was not on campus. Both of these students should have been at extended hope, but the system allows them to travel back to WBHS to get on the buses to go home. That in itself is part of the problem.

Life or Death

How can you be shot and not know it? Why would you return to the school with your child that you know has been shot? This isn't talking about something you do not know about, this is common sense! What was the school going to do for him? Crazy! This kid was a victim of a gun shot at a Public School. What is going on with West Bladen? Wasn't it last year that there was brawl where numerous students were arrested or expelled? There was the shooting at McDonals in E'town. Whomever is found to be in connection with this incident, and all others previously mentioned, should be prosecuted and NEVER be allowed back inside of a public school. Their parents or guardians, should be sitting in a prison cell somwhere for not controlling their deviant children. I do not want to begin hearing about the troubled past, or how can you reform them if they are not in the school system, they gave that right up when they brought a GUN TO SCHOOL AND SHOT SOMEONE! Also, the joke of a principal should be fired at the least. You do not hear of these incidents happening anywhere else. This school is poorly managed and it is reflected in the students behavior. Mrs Beatty, how about spending some time doing your job and protecting our kids, instead of pretending to be someone in charge when everyone clearly sees you are clueless?

Amen!!!!!!!! Lets get Ms.

Amen!!!!!!!! Lets get Ms. Betty out along with Fred Cook. Get somebody QUALIFIED and that can do the JOB!!!!!! Not only are they CLUELESS. But, also worthless!!!!!!! Maybe the Board Of Less Education should be investigated along with the highschool!!

If you think you can do so

If you think you can do so much better, why don't you suit up and get your degree and become a principal, or even a teacher. See how long YOU last. I agree with most of what you said, however, principals, teachers and staff are not there to babysit. They are there to TEACH. And yes, you do hear of these incidents in other places, they are just not blown up like Bladen County is. Go to the Bronx, or California. A THIRD GRADER took a gun and shot it in a school in Charlotte yesterday. Is that the principals fault too? No. These things happen and the school or the board could not predict it. It should not have happened but it did, and they are taking all of the necessary precautions, even though people will probably complain about that. My advice to you is either decide to become a principal and step in her shoes, or shut up. You are making things WORSE than what they already are.

So Called PRINCIPAL

Mrs.Beatty has a masters degree in business, not in running a high school efficiently.(this isn't a business operation it's a school) I, myself have had many confrontations with the so called principal. It seems to me unless your an A student and in her little club then you do not seem to exist! The children that come to Mrs.Beatty about problems she only puts on the back burner, and somehow tries to blame it all on the student. I do not believe that Mrs.Beatty has any social skills at all, furthermore how can you be a principal if you do not know how to deal with parents and thier concerns. I know for a fact that many teachers and students have been hurt during these isocalted incidents and it was just brushed under the rug and mysterously teachers have retired. In the conculsion to the prior comment maybe if Mrs.Beatty could come out of her office and actually particapate in the school instead of playing the business woman in her suit. Maybe it's time to do a clean sweep, let's get rid of all the cob webs.

I have a degree and would be

I have a degree and would be glad to step into bettys shoes!!!!! Espically for the OVER amount of money she is paid!!!! Worthless!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Correction

Forget about West Bladen High School. If you have a degree, the entire North Carolina school system has failed.

A member of my family is an

A member of my family is an educator. He has been a princpal and a teacher during his career. He is getting out of education because, after 20+ years of being in education, he's tired of being a zoo keeper to children whose parents can't be bothered with raising thier kids correctly. Correcting the violence problems within our schools starts at home. If you want things to be better then the parents need to be parents and pay attention to their children. We as taxpayers need to stand up and demand better schools by holding troublemakers resposible and making the parents be responsible for their childrens' actions. Quit hamstringing teachers and administrators as far as disipline. Teach your children respect....respect for others and respect for themselves. Teach them honor and dignity. If you want change then start by showing the children that these kinds of acts are just wrong.

Stupidity - Who is worse? Parents or students?

This is infuriating. In response to Daphne Green, if you think you can be a principal, suit up! Go get your degree and get out there! See how well you handle it! I know many people who can walk the walk and talk the most crap about officials, but if they were put in the same situation they would cower away. Shoot, you probably wouldn't have even shown up to work today! Unless you think you can do better, keep your mouth shut. And in response to the "concerned parent"; I know for a fact that last year when metal detectors were used parents complained about their children standing outside in the hot/cold. PARENTS...MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!!! What is the school system supposed to do? They will never be good enough either way? And as far as my subject goes, these two comments and the mother taking her son back to the school instead of the hospital, proves it. Students are as stupid as their parents. They do what they are raised to do. If they are raised to fight, they fight. If they are raised to support others, they support others. If they are raised to talk crap (like most people in redneck Bladen County), the talk crap. I, for one, was raised to support and respect officials and that is what I plan to do. I am in NO WAY bashing the school, because I do not know what I would have done in that situation. Parents assume to be an educator you have to read minds and have x-ray vision. I am sure if they could read minds or have x-ray vision, someone would be complaining about that as well. There is no possible way ANYONE would have known that someone had a gun in their car or on them, except maybe the students. I don't doubt that a student did know there was a gun around and knew the plan, but they didn't say anything. Thanks for raising your kids right parents. As far as the faculty and staff at WBHS, thank you for what you do! You are brave individuals to walk those halls every day, and being underpaid at that. Don't let these idiots comments get to you, you and I both know they wouldn't last a second in a school system, none the less in an administration position. Thanks for doing the best you can with what you have!

Life Or Death

Man things in the world its crazy that my cousin Robert is suffering over somethings as simple as a fight in stead of having a non weapon fight people have to bring weapons in it and look at what they did all i kno is my cosuin going to be strong threw whatever because yesterday on the bus he wasn't even stressing the fact that he was shot until i told hym he had a whole in his back and thats when he got home so who ever don't kno what really happened they need to close there mouth and thats real because people always wanna gossip with something happens like this but theres no need to be scared now.....ILY Ant get better

Fighting Proves Nothing!

Fighting with or without weapons proves nothign! Just that someone might be a bigger bully! It takes two to fight! You and your fellow students at West Bladen might want to try shuting up in class, knock off the nonsense and apply the time you all spend fighting studying so you might actually be productive citizens when you graduate!

AMEN!!!!!

AMEN!!!!!

lack of education

After attempting to read your comment. I realize that there is an even bigger problem at West Bladen. A lack of education. Your grammar is a disgrace, not to you, but to the educational system that has promoted you to high school level. To the teachers defense how can you teach when you are faced with such violence in teens. Where are the parents? Dont you care that your child is being cheated out of an education? Its also a disgrace that something this tragic had to happen to open the eyes of the officials, not the teachers, because they can do only as they are told.

Why would you not take the

Why would you not take the child to the hospital when you realize they have been shot? This has nothing to do with knowing what you are talking about, this is common sense, or the lack thereof. Your cousin may have been the victim here, but West Bladen is a poorly run school and the kids are allowed to run rampid. Whomever is involved in this incident should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and their parents held responsible. West Bladen is one of the most poorly run schools in America. Its time for a change in leadership by the Board of Education, or maybe we need a change there also.

What's rampid?

You say they are allowed to run rampid? What is that? Perhaps they are allowed to run rampant meaning free, unrestrained, unchecked.

"One of the most poorly run schools in America." You say that like no one has to check anything, that it's just a true statement. Are you kidding? I need proof; I want you to tell me three facts that make it a poorly run school.

As for the other person posting about Ms. Betty, your ignorance is way out of line. It's Beatty. I think she needs an apology from both writers.

What? I cannot understand...

...a single sentence you are attempting to convey about your cousin. If you are all from the same family, perhaps this explains why his mom took him back to school for a gunshot wound.

Education is VERY important my friend, please go get some!!!

Business as usual at WBHS

Unfortunately, this is nothing new. After last year's shooting in E-town, the school was constantly battling fights and rioting, they quashed the fact that guns were found in vehicles near the school then, and much of this "aftermath" will be covered up, also.
Parents, if your child tries to report anything they overhear, they will be tagged as troublemakers, and harassed by the administration, this is easier than DOING something about the problem.
In NC, the law states that we educate from 6-16. If students are only there to cause trouble, show them the door!
For those of you who want your child to live long enough to use what little education they have managed to siphon off the top of this cesspool, I suggest you home school. The number for NCDNPI # is 919 733 4276.

I hate to state the obvious...

But how can you be shot and not know it, and why in the WORLD did the mother not take the kid straight to the hospital or call 911? She took him back to the school while he had been shot??

back to school

The mother took him back to school to let every one know it happen their, if she had not taken him back people probably would have said it didnt happen their, come on people we all know when its black children its always gang relate, so not true, so i think the mother done the right thing.

I will explain, If your

I will explain, If your child is shot you take them to where they had been shot not the hospital, that way the Ambulance reports and Police reports show that he was shot at School not that he was shot somewhere else. This way when you sue the School the records all show he was at the school.