Teen pleads to bringing weapons onto Topsail High School


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One of the teens accused of bringing weapons onto Topsail High School in May appeared in court Thursday and pleaded guilty.

Bryce Sheehan received a 45 day suspended sentence and 12 months supervised probation after pleading to bringing a weapon on educational property.

According to the district attorney’s office, Sheehan can not go onto the premises of any public high school, must remain in counseling, continue on house arrest and monitoring, can’t be left alone, and can not have knives, swords, or weapons.

In May, Sheehan’s mother called the Pender County Sheriff’s Office with concerns about a photo her son posted on Instagram. It showed two guns and posed the question, “Which do you think I could do more damage with?”

Topsail High, Middle, and Elementary went into lockdown.

Sheriff deputies rushed to the school and found Sheehan in his car with a knife strapped to his leg and three other knives on him.

He did not get into high school with any weapons.

Another student, Alan Edwardo, tried to bring a .22 semi-automic rifle onto the campus, allegedly to stop an attack.

Edwardo is scheduled to appear in court on September 12.

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