By Anthony Gonzalez firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28, 2014
FORBUSH — A Forbush High School senior was charged by police for bringing a loaded firearm onto school grounds.
The shotgun and ammunition was located in the vehicle of the student.
The discovery was made late Friday morning during a random drug blitz of Yadkin County schools by the Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office and a slew of K-9 officers with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
In the school parking lot, deputies surrounded the blue Jeep while school officials ordered the student assigned to the parking tag displayed on its visor to report to deputies.
The student, Desmond Stefon Barrett, 17, informed authorities that he had used the gun to shoot and hunt. He said he knew the shotgun was in the car, but forgot to take it out.
“You know me,” said Barrett, pleading to school officials and deputies. “You know I would never hurt anyone and this was a simple mistake. I didn’t want to be late for school and I didn’t know what to do.”
Yadkin County Sheriff Ricky Oliver was on the scene frisking Barrett.
During the investigation, Barrett leaned over the hood of the vehicle distraught.
“I want to be a police officer…go into the military. I am pleading. This situation is not me,” said Barrett.
Oliver stated it is unlawful to bring a weapon onto school property and that the law was clear.
A deputy assigned to Forbush High School read Barrett his rights and cuffed him. He was placed into a police vehicle and driven off property.
Barrett was charged with felony possession of a firearm on education property. Barrett was issued an unsecured $1,500 bond.
Oliver said that it is sad to see what happens when a young man or woman makes poor choices. “They know the laws, they know the rules. Drugs and guns and other weapons are not allowed on school property,” he said.
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