This is an update on yesterday’s story about Cole Withrow, who was expelled and charged with a felony for inadvertently leaving his shotgun in his truck when he went to school on Monday morning.
WRAL reports that Cole will graduate with his class, and will return to school to finish his education.
Kim Boykin, a family friend speaking on behalf of Withrow’s family, said he tried to get permission from school administrators to take home the weapon but instead, was arrested and expelled.
But Jimmy Lawrence, an attorney for the Johnston County Schools Board of Education, said in a statement Thursday afternoon that Withrow has not been expelled and that the school system superintendent “has made provisions” that will allow him to continue his education and to receive his high school diploma if he meets graduation requirements.
A spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools said she could not speak specifically about disciplinary measures against Withrow but said that, generally, students bringing weapons to school are suspended for 10 days with a recommendation to be suspended for a full calendar year – the mandate according to state law.
“The Legislature has mandated what actions law enforcement, school principals and school superintendents must do upon finding a violation of this law,” Lawrence said. “It was enacted for the purpose of ‘deterring students and others from bringing any type of guns onto school grounds because of the increased necessity for safety in our schools.’ This has never been more true, based on recent events that have occurred at schools in the United States in the last few years.”
Yeah, I’m sure it’s the Legislature’s fault that there’s no common sense involved in this situation. It’s the legislature’s fault that an administrator, whose error was far more egregious and potentially damaging, was not punished, while this honor student’s future was threatened.
And, of course… NEWTOWN!!! SANDY HOOK!!! YOU MUST WANT TO KILL CHILDREN IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE ADMINISTRATORS’ ACTIONS IN THIS CASE, SO SHUT UP!