Weapon found; student suspended

Published 9:10 am Thursday, May 20, 2010

WINDSOR – A weapon found at Bertie High School Tuesday did not jeopardize students or staff at the school.

According to a press release issued by Bertie County Schools, a .22 caliber hunting rifle was found stored inside a vehicle driven to Bertie High School by a student.

“The student took a parent’s vehicle to school and it had ammunition in the front window,” said Bertie County Schools Superintendent Dr. Chip Zullinger. “Our School Resource Officer searched the vehicle and found the weapon behind the seat.

“Honestly, the kid probably didn’t even know it was there,” Dr. Zullinger added. “His parent probably keeps the weapon there and it simply wasn’t thought about.”

After finding the weapon, the officer contacted the Bertie County Sheriff’s Office. The student was suspended from school for 365 days pending investigation by law enforcement and school officials.

Dr. Zullinger said an appeals process was in place for students and/or parents to question any suspension handed down.

The school district also assured parents that at no time were any students or staff in danger from the weapon.

The statement also assured the public there were measures in place by the school district and sheriff’s office to prevent and thwart any “threatening or dangerous situation.”