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Classmates rally around Princeton student who left [unloaded skeet] gun in car
wral.com ^ | May 2, 2013

Posted on 05/02/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT by grundle

Princeton, N.C. — The Princeton High School community is rallying around a student who was arrested and expelled for having an unloaded shotgun in his car in the school's parking lot.

David Cole Withrow, 16, was charged Monday with bringing a weapon on educational property, which is a felony. He was expelled from school and won't be allowed to graduate with his class later this month.

Withrow, an Eagle Scout and honors student, accidentally left his gun in the car after skeet shooting over the weekend. When he realized, he went inside to ask school officials if he could leave campus to take the gun home, but an administrator reported the weapon to police.

"To have him arrested and expelled from school is excessive," she said. "He locks his vehicle, goes inside and tries to do the right thing."

Others in the Princeton High community agree that Withrow's punishment is too harsh, especially after charges weren't filed when a loaded gun was found in an assistant principal's car two years ago. The assistant principal and a school resource officer were each suspended for three days without pay in that incident.

Johnston County schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said the school system has to follow state law regarding weapons on campus.

Students have been painting "Free Cole" on their cars and a local printer even designed a "Free Cole for Doing the Right Thing" bumper sticker.

"I believe he did the right thing by being truthful and being honest," said Joseph Canzaniello of Express Signs. "His integrity will be held intact no matter what happens to him."

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: education; guncontrol; schools; secondamendment; zerotolerance

1 posted on 05/02/2013 2:39:31 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle

Wouldn’t happen with all the extremist libtard students in Princeton, NJ; they’d have hung him already. (I lived just north in Hillsborough, for 17yrs)


2 posted on 05/02/2013 2:44:04 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: grundle

We used to go hunting all the time. One year we drove into school with a woodchuck tied to the roof of our car. That was all we shot. There were six rifles in the car. Nobody but the woodchuck was in danger.


3 posted on 05/02/2013 2:45:12 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: grundle
Useless bureaucrats sponging off the taxpayers try to feel important by bullying and hurting a model student. School systems around the country are rotten with these worthless, self-righteous parasites. They do nothing to educate or teach values.

They should by fired.

4 posted on 05/02/2013 2:46:29 PM PDT by detective
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To: detective
School systems around the country are rotten with these worthless, self-righteous parasites. They do nothing to educate or teach values.

Unfortunately, they do teach "values" - all the wrong values.

5 posted on 05/02/2013 2:49:32 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: grundle
These school officials are the ones that some ‘leaders’ think is a good idea to arm.
Hell these New Castratti (thanks Rush) would probably faint when any gun went off.
My God folks! What has this nation come too?
6 posted on 05/02/2013 2:49:47 PM PDT by Tupelo (The Government lies, then the media lies to cover up the government lies.)
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To: grundle

The American way to deal with this is to purge - at the ballot box - the elected officials in charge of the school district.


7 posted on 05/02/2013 2:51:01 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: detective

They are afraid of being sued by a minority (minority in the national sense) because a white honors student is let off the hook while the minority student is expelled. I don’t know why they can’t let principals and teachers make judgement calls on these things.


8 posted on 05/02/2013 2:51:30 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: grundle
"His integrity will be held intact no matter what happens to him."

But his and his classmates respect for authority will suffer. Perhaps that is an intended consequence of zero tolerance.

9 posted on 05/02/2013 2:54:27 PM PDT by Raycpa
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To: FatherofFive

After class, several friends and I would go to the trunks of our cars and put on hunting over-clothes. We would then take our shotguns and go to the gym, where the gym teach would take his shotgun out of his locker.

The whole crew of us would walk through the school, out the front door to a big field across the street. Lots of pheasants in those days. We all would do pretty good most of the time.

Only thing ever said by the principle was “boys, be sure those weapons are broke open.”

It wasn’t out of the ordinary.


10 posted on 05/02/2013 2:56:14 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: grundle

One thing about all this: when he remembered the shotgun, why not just plead illness and go home?

Or if he remembered when he first got there, turn around and go home!

Being “late” for class is still just a slap on the wrist.


11 posted on 05/02/2013 2:59:15 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat (According to mudslymz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: grundle

Born in 1917, my mother rode a horse to school in Medina, Ohio. She said it was normal that boys road in with a rifle in their saddle holster. The guns sat outside with the horses all day while the boys were in school. The boys would then hunt dinner on their ride home.

Boys and men are being kept at a lower maturity by our new social masters. In the Civil War boys as young as six went into battle or became breadwinners for the family while dad fought.

We have this in us, yet people are children by law up to 26; the age where your parents can finally stop paying your insurance. What have we become? Where will it end?


12 posted on 05/02/2013 3:03:43 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: Gen.Blather

I frequently had a rifle or other gun in my car in high school, the school had no policies regarding such things back then.


13 posted on 05/02/2013 3:09:37 PM PDT by ansel12 (Civilization, Crusade against the Mohammedan Death Cult)
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To: carriage_hill

Lesson to all the other students: if you bring your gun to school and leave it in the car, don’t tell anybody.


14 posted on 05/02/2013 3:11:52 PM PDT by Argus
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To: FatherofFive

Same here

70s...early

High school...hunting. before and after school

Hence guns in vehicle at school

In college had them in dorm

We all did

Culture rotted and libs clamp. down

And libs caused the rot


15 posted on 05/02/2013 3:18:13 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Only thing ever said by the principle was “boys, be sure those weapons are broke open.”

The principal knew guns were not a problem.

16 posted on 05/02/2013 3:18:38 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: FatherofFive

Same here

70s...early

High school...hunting. before and after school

Hence guns in vehicle at school

In college had them in dorm

We all did

Culture rotted and libs clamp. down

And libs caused the rot


17 posted on 05/02/2013 3:18:49 PM PDT by wardaddy (wanna know how my kin felt during Reconstruction in Mississippi, you fixin to find out firsthand)
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To: grundle

I was a High School shooter, fired thousands of rounds in the school. Because that’s where the range was.


18 posted on 05/02/2013 3:19:55 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: wardaddy
And libs caused the rot

The libs ARE the rot

19 posted on 05/02/2013 3:20:05 PM PDT by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: Raycpa
But his and his classmates respect for authority will suffer. Perhaps that is an intended consequence of zero tolerance.

Sadly, this is probably true.

20 posted on 05/02/2013 3:30:34 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Gen.Blather
Personally speaking.......I think the ruling to allow parents to keep their kids on their insurance up to the age of 26...if they are going to school is a good thing. And makes sense. I don't think you can claim them..if they aren't going to school.

My youngest is still on my insurance..and is just about to finish college. She's 24.......

Her husband to be is 26...and has another 6-8 years of training. ( Ortho Surgeon ) Not sure how they plan to cover themselves...during those years. I figure my girl can land a FT job...with health insurance...and cover them both.

We shall see

21 posted on 05/02/2013 3:31:30 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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To: Osage Orange

“I think the ruling to allow parents to keep their kids on their insurance up to the age of 26”

I don’t think it’s a ruling to allow. I believe it’s a requirement. I don’t recall that school had anything to do with it. (Freeper comments?)


22 posted on 05/02/2013 3:39:04 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: grundle

Lesson learned: Everything you say can and will be used against you.

Self-reporting an non-crime (no intent) is not the “right thing” to do. Leave. Drive home, secure shotgun, return to school. Say you have nothing to add if asked why.

You do have an absolute right not to incriminate yourself.


23 posted on 05/02/2013 3:44:38 PM PDT by Manly Warrior (US ARMY (Ret), "No Free Lunches for the Dogs of War")
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To: Raycpa
But his and his classmates respect for authority will suffer.

No matter how this case comes out, he will probably take a much more cynical attitude toward life now that he has learned that "no good deed goes unpunished."

24 posted on 05/02/2013 3:55:02 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: carriage_hill
Wouldn’t happen with all the extremist libtard students in Princeton, NJ; they’d have hung him already. (I lived just north in Hillsborough, for 17yrs)

Princeton still has one of the nation's most difficult undergraduate curricula in certain majors. So I doubt that they would all be idiot leftists.
25 posted on 05/02/2013 3:55:39 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: carriage_hill

the university that is


26 posted on 05/02/2013 3:57:10 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: ConradofMontferrat
why not just plead illness and go home?

Because Scouts do their best to be honest. This young man was an Eagle Scout.

27 posted on 05/02/2013 4:07:06 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: Wanderer99

You could probably put the non-legacy, smart ones in two schoolbusses; the rest play in sandboxes after the cats do their business.


28 posted on 05/02/2013 4:19:45 PM PDT by carriage_hill (AR-10s & AR-15s are the Muskets of the 21st Century. Free men need not ask permission.)
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To: ConradofMontferrat
Being “late” for class is still just a slap on the wrist.

Yeah, but these kids don't know up from down. It's not their fault -- they live in a world where punishment can come out of nowhere and the sentence based on the moment. He thought he was doing the right thing, but someone decided to decide he wasn't.

I feel so sorry for kids growing up now.

29 posted on 05/02/2013 4:24:17 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Don't try to explain yourself to liberals; you're not the jackass-whisperer.)
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To: Gen.Blather

According to my insurance company....she must be in school.


30 posted on 05/02/2013 4:42:29 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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To: ASA Vet
That's what I was taught.

But it seems nowadays....it's better not to give info about yourself out. Sometimes silence is the best option.

31 posted on 05/02/2013 4:45:49 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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To: Osage Orange
Silence is golden
32 posted on 05/02/2013 5:04:26 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Don't assume Shahanshah Obama will allow another election.)
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To: ASA Vet

Amen bro


33 posted on 05/02/2013 5:33:32 PM PDT by Osage Orange (Life is a bitch. If it was easy, we would call it a slut)
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To: carriage_hill
You could probably put the non-legacy, smart ones in two schoolbusses; the rest play in sandboxes after the cats do their business.

Yea they are called science and engineering majors ;P
34 posted on 05/02/2013 5:39:17 PM PDT by Wanderer99
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To: Fiji Hill

And usually the “people in charge” at any government enterprise are not in charge because they’re the smartest or have the most common sense.


35 posted on 05/03/2013 8:29:45 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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