Pender County teen charged with assaulting school employees

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Durvell Walker (Photo: Onslow County Sheriff's Office)

HOLLY RIDGE, N.C. (AP) — An Onslow County high school student has been charged with assaulting school employees.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office tells media outlets 18-year-old Durvell Walker of Maple Hill was arrested Thursday and charged with crimes including assault on school employees and possession of a weapon on school property.

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Sheriff’s Maj. Chris Thomas says Dixon High School officials suspected Walker had a weapon at school. When officials tried to search Walker’s bag, Thomas says the student swung a weight rack at Principal Steven Clarke and five other employees.

He says a school resource officer used pepper spray to try to contain Walker. Authorities say he had a knife in his backpack.

Walker was jailed on $9,000 bond, and it wasn’t known if he had an attorney.