There’s been a major effort in Guilford County Schools – and in school systems around the country – to keep guns off of school grounds but an incident at Northeast Guilford High School shows how hard that objective is to achieve.
On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Guilford County Sheriff’s Department reported that two juveniles were found with a handgun at Northeast Guilford High School on Monday, Oct. 4.
According to the report, a School Resource Officer (SRO), as well as school administrators at the school, were alerted to the possible presence of a gun somewhere on campus.
“Working together,” the report states, “the SRO and school administration located the suspected individuals in a vehicle in the school parking lot.”
During that investigation, a gun was discovered inside the vehicle.
The youths have both been charged with “possession of a weapon on educational property” as well as “possession of a stolen firearm.”
Due to their age, the Sheriff’s Department isn’t releasing the names of the juveniles.
Sheriff’s Department officials issued a statement to students to tell only school administrators and SRO’s about guns on campus.
“The Guilford County Sheriff’s Office wishes to remind all students to report suspicious activity directly to law enforcement and school administrators,” the statement reads. “Do not share with friends and other students as this only creates panic and facilitates the spread of misinformation.”
Ever since Valentine’s Day, 2018 – the day of the high school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead – both the Guilford County Board of Commissioners and the Guilford County Board of Education have engaged in renewed effort to keep guns off of school grounds. However, events like the one on Oct. 4 and other recent events in the county’s schools show that completely eliminating the threat entirely is extremely difficult or impossible.
You CAN keep them out of the buildings, in the same manner as the City Council has their protection.
While in session, an officer could patrol the parking lots, etc.
It is so simple, yet our socialist government works to eliminate our right to defend ourselves, especially from tyranny.
No they don’t. Many democrates in the south are gun owners as well. The only gun ordinance proposed is that silly business of requiring berms behind personal target ranges out in the county. As if they have any idea what makes a safe shooting range.
They do need to spend the money they were allocated on safety for improved video monitoring but that is on our awful school superintendent. But even those dollars won’t keep guns out of schools. What does work (and worked in this case) is other kids turning in their peers that do bring guns to school.
Stop this democrats hate America crap. They just have different views than yours on some topics but also have the same view as yours on other topics. There is no risk of tyranny except one party believing it is ok to try to overturn a fair election because some idiots feelings got hurt.
Lock’em up for a long, long time. Need to set the example. Probably get an ankle bracelet and maybe a spanking. Oh, forgot, spankings are cruel and unusual punishment.
And is anyone surprised? I’m not
Please explain how Guilford County Schools has tried to stop or keep guns out of our schools? This is a flat out lie! If they wanted to do something they would’ve been implemented the free program that Cooper agreed to use in the state called Say Something. It’s an app that students can report anonymously what’s going on.
If they were trying to do something about the guns and gang violence they would also have metal detectors, more SROs and a gang prevention program. They have done absolutely nothing! How about you do a FOIA to the police and sheriff and look at what has been going on in our schools just for this school year.
Well the anonymity creates a whole new set of problems. Why does it have to be anonymous? Kids nowdays find it fun to report stuff that might get them out of school early. It’s a long way from when the worst thing kids did was call a random phone number and ask the person if their refrigerator was running. https://www.tampabay.com/news/gradebook/2019/09/20/a-new-florida-app-is-tracking-school-threats-but-many-are-bogus/
This over a couple of incidents a year….all of which were stopped by kids openly reporting on their peers that do this kind of thing? Money needs to be spent on the security camera etc… for sure. But let’s not turn our schools into a prison feel because one or two messed up kids do something stupid.
I hope you don’t have kids in our school system
I have had three kids go through GCS. Plus wife works in the school system. The real is drugs. Parents on drugs not raising their kids and kids bringing drugs to school. If we could get all the cameras working again, we would be much better at rooting out the bad kids and keep deranged people out of the school.
Our superintendent doesn’t believe kids should be suspended or expelled. THAT is a problem. Root out the trouble makers. Don’t need medal detectors for that…
Kids and wife have never felt under physical threat at school from guns. But you be you.
Why was my reply to Stephanie Mitchell not allowed to post.
Check out what that worthless head of the district had to say about this.
Yeah,Chris-security cameras-then we can see who did it.The media will appreciate that.
As long as Contreras is in charge, things will only get worse for GCS. The main issue is there is no dollar figure high enough for her to actually care about security or academics. The worse she makes things, the more money she asks for – and the cycle continues forever under her. Solving problems doesn’t justify milking taxpayers for her political career. Blaming taxpayers for never ever ever funding enough scores her political points.
Get your kids out of the public schools. There are charter schools, private schools, Christian schools, Jewdish schools, Muslim schools, homeschools, pods, university model schools. GCS, the parks department, swimming, rowing, music lessons, gymnastics, arts and so much more already exist here for the homeschool community. Every private school here has scholarships. The state offers opportunity scholarships, disability scholarships and other programs. Where there is a will there is a way and the future of Guilford County is bleak if more parents don’t wake up and find the will to find the way to get your kids out from under the utter disgrace called GCS.
you’re a disgrace.