The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

December 31, 2012

Weapons found at WSHS

By Ian Faulkner, Staff Writer
The Stanly News & Press

Monday, December 31, 2012 — A 16 year old student has been charged with a misdemeanor of having weapons on school property, according to a Stanly County Sheriff’s report.

The incident occurred on December 19 at West Stanly High School (WSHS).

The student was reported to have weapons in his car, which was parked on the school premises.

“There was no perceived threat. The resource officer at WSHS received the information about the weapons and went out to check the student’s vehicle,” reported Captain Charles Hatley of the Stanly County Sheriff’s office.

Cindy Sigmon, resource officer at WSHS, investigated the incident.

Upon looking in the suspected vehicle, Sigmon found two airsoft guns and two knives, which were classified as generic tools, not weapons.

Airsoft guns work by firing plastic pellets through use of compressed gas or electric/pin-driven pistons, much like a BB gun. Sometimes they can even resemble an actual firearm.

“Everything in this person’s vehicle can be considered a weapon,” said Captain Hatley.

Officer Sigmon will complete the investigation and take appropriate action.

A criminal summons has been served on the student for possession of weapons on school property.

A court date is pending.

“To have these items is a violation of school policy and is also a violation of criminal law, to have a  weapon on school property. Students should know through school policy not to bring these items on a school campus,” said Captain Hatley.

The Stanly County Sheirff’s Office wants to caution students to be sure they don’t have any of these items in their vehicles before they leave for school.

While they could be considered innocuous, these items are still termed weapons by the school system and law enforcement alike.

With events like those that  took place at Sandy Hook Elementary, it is important that students, faculty and staff take every conceivable measure to ensure the safety of everyone within the school system.