70 Comments for this article


PENDER COUNTY, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A gun was found in a student’s car on school property friday night in Hampstead. Today Pender County Sheriffs deputies charged the young man with possessing a gun on school property.

The gun was found while Topsail high played its homecoming football game. A deputy patroling the area saw a gun case containing a shotgun in an SUV.

The student 16-year-old Robert Lee Cox the Third from Hampstead, was charged today with possessing a gun on educational property. He appeared before a magistrate in Burgaw and was given a 500 dollar unsecured bond.


Comment on this Story

  • Guest1

    Yeah Tres broke a law and got caught with a gun in his SUV. Was he trying to hurt anyone? Nah.
    And yeah most people have gotten a speeding ticket before. Were you trying to endanger the lives of everyone else on the road? Nah.
    Both are dangerous instances and both have potential to kill people, I’m glad the officers are out trying to protect my school, but Tres shouldn’t be charged with anything more than what ticket holders are considering he had no shells. A fine and some school privileges taken away are a reasonable charge. He’s a criminal get him off the streets? Get yo crazy booty off my road then ticket holders.

  • marvinisit

    Yep, I feel sorry for the lad and yes if it was a relative of mine it would hurt. He just broke a law and he has to pay his dues as sad as it is. I have had a relative jailed several time before and he never touched a soul. He has done his time and has made something with of his life. So I do know the hurt. but he did break the law.But this is not going to end in jail time, or at least it shouldn’t. Check with the student at Pender High who had the almost exact same thing happen to him. He might be able to offer up some advice.

  • marvinisit

    Well said……………..

  • marvinisit

    I agree with you. They should be arrested just the same as Tres. And what has ” Tax Paying” or school “PTA members” got to do with it. It matters not whether the gun was brought to school in a ” 4 wheel drive( I think this is how it is actually spelled and I am not a teacher)” or a “book bag( two words or maybe you meant backpack which is one word)”. The point is to keep them away from school.

  • marvinisit

    As sad as this is, it is where we are today in America, with respect to violence in schools. It is not about making enough laws so we can all be criminals. I am sure in this case it was just a stupid mistake on his part. However, with respect to so many other incidents involving students at other schools in America, I am sure the parents of the students who were brutally murdered asked the question–What could we have done differently to have stopped the senseless and tragic deaths of our young people. It is unfortunate but necessary with respect to weapons at our educational facilities, that we apply the law/rules with a no tolerance policy. How ever this works out in the courts is another issue. I hope leniency is used in this case, given the facts in hind sight. But it is better to have used this measure than for it to have been a case of someone actually having planned to use a gun at a school. Because it could have just as well been another tragic event. Remember, hind sight is almost always better than foresight, especially when it could have turned out to be something so so bad. In closing I am sure that those who matter to this student do not think poorly of him but rather just plain old wish he had stopped and thought just a little more before putting that gun in his car. It happened almost identically at Pender High School as well. I wish him the best……………….

  • Guest Tammy

    TRES is such a wonderful person!!! He is not a person who would hurt anyone EVER!!! He is just a sixteen year old boy who wanted to go see his sister on the homecoming court and wanted to go straight over to his friend’s house to spend the night and go hunting in the morning. He had his duck hunting UNLOADED riffle in his case in the back of his LOCKED SUV !!!! ( he didn’t even have any shells!!!) CLEARLY he wasn’t there to harm a soul!!!!! IT’s a shame that in this world that a teenager can’t make a mistake but an adult can kill their own baby !!! How would you feel if this was your Dad, YOUR brother, your uncle, your son, your cousin, or your Nephew???? ( or that girl in your life…. whover that person in your life that likes to hunt ) Most people would love to be half the person that TRES is!!!!!!!!! GOD’s got you TRES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Terissa Jordan

    Don’t think of it as “gun control”, think of it as “victim disarmament”. If we make enough laws, we can all be criminals! It’s sad you adult’s have nothing better to do then to make harsh comments as i have seen on here today about how “he should be thrown in jail”. You are pathetic! Yet someone who KILLED A CHILD; got a slap on the wrist and some probabtion? I mean was it really that big of a deal? No threats were being made, no one was hurt, and he wasnt running around with it in his pocket like he was going to kill someone. Why dont you people lay off, and worry about the ones that really are KILLING PEOPLE rather than a younge boy who was caught between making it to a football game after a evening hunt! Society these days are becoming much over rated on the things that DO NOT MATTER rather than worrying about what really does. You parents give your children too many demands these days, having to be home at a certain time, having to make a certain grade, having to be here and there when you want them to be. Wanting a CHILD to be perfect and a adult when they are only younge and to make mistakes as Tres has here and shouldnt have to be a convicted felon and have no future. You people complain about how much our drop out rates have increased and why kids do not want to attend school and this is the reason why! Acting silly over a child at a football game that has done ANY HARM! We have Pender County Police running around like the Barney Fife, acting as if they had a free pass to society! Sad to say it took Police less than 5 minutes to find a gun in a childs car with no harm, but a man lost his life due to their laps in resonding because they were too busy worrying over something that DIDNOT matter as this. It sounds like your using Tres to make a bad example for the school because the deputies are slack. How many deputies THAT NIGHT that were NOT on duty had guns in their cars? Quit making him look like he has done such a harsh crime when in reality he has done nothing wrong! Just a simple boy trying to make it to a football game in time after hunting that evening!

  • Guest73123456789

    we love you tres. <3


    Do you all know how many parents are off on Friday, hunt in a club, leave the hunt long enough to drive and pick up their child at school and go straight back to the hunt so their child can join in on the Friday afternoon hunt? Most of the time, the parent’s gun is right there in the 4 whhel drive truck. We need to monitor this so we can arrest all of these people. It happens everyday during season but more so on Friday. Maybe we can arrest some of these taxpaying, school PTA members because they are criminals for circling thru the parking lots to pick up their child with a weapon in their vehicle. It will be another source of income for the government and the schools if they will “fine” them in court. (This was sarcasm)

    By the way, I am a 13 year teacher and the visible gun doesn’t scare me. It’s the ones in the bookbags walking around me everyday that I fear.

  • Guest1318

    Eventhough he is 16, in the NC court system a 16 year old is tried as an adult. Whether his intentions were to go hunting after the game or not, rules are rules. If he’s been a student in the U.S. at all, he knows the rule is no weapons on school property. That is not a new law which has just been passed, Im pretty sure it is a law at every school in every county of every state in this country. If the cops saw the gun, the must take precautionary measures; that is their job.

  • reason

    One good reason not to have a gun on campus is because school campuses can have a very high car break-in rate. While this student may or may not have had bad intent, a thief may not be so considerate of your right not to get shot while fooling around with a gun they just stole. Obviously it wasn’t too secure if the Deputy saw, it could have been a break-in thief that saw it instead.

Related News