ROTC student’s ceremonial rifle sparked school lockdown


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A lesson learned the hard way for one Ashley High School ROTC student. The student and his ceremonial rifle sparked a lockdown for three schools Friday morning.

Ashley High School, Murray Middle School and Anderson Elementary School were locked down for about an hour after several people reported a person walking between the schools with a rifle.

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The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office responded quickly. Spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer said perhaps this incident will prompt change.

“It’s difficult in today’s time. He’s part of the drill team. That’s part of what they do. In ROTC, they do deal with weapons at times. This may be a learning lesson for the school and us to set up some type of policy,” Brewer said. “Maybe it’s the teacher who has to handle these type of props, if you will, that they use for the drill team.”

The school district students and staff were not in danger.