Woman charged with gun at Whiteville High School


WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A woman is in jail after police says she showed up on a school campus armed.

Whiteville Police Lt. Marc McGee says Michelle Walling had gotten into a car accident, left the scene and drove to Whiteville High School. The other driver involved in the crash followed her to Whiteville High, where they got into an argument.

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School resource officer Chuck Cribb says as soon as he saw a gun hanging out of Walling’s purse, he took her into custody.

One woman with loved ones at the school says it is scary.

“That’s not right, because anything can happen,” Gailya Thomas said. “She could have fell, the gun went off, shot somebody, herself. That’s dangerous and don’t play around with the kids. What is she showing the kids?”>

Another woman with a child at the school says the school needs more security.

“We need to tighten down on more things. More security, more protection for our kids there,” Karen Durant said.

Police say the weapon turned out to be a BB gun. Still, Ofc. Cribb says incidents like this upset him.

“I’m not going to have weapons on my campus,” Cribb said. “I’m not going to do it, of any kind. It’s not going to happen.”

Walling is charged with weapon on educational property and resist, obstruct or delay. Ofc. Cribb says she resisted getting in the patrol car and police had to use force until she cooperated.

Walling is still in the Columbus County Jail.

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