School custodian faces gun charges
From Saff Reports
Friday, March 22, 2019
A now-former custodian at a school in Edgecombe County is facing criminal charges, including a felony offense, after having been discovered to have a firearm on school property while he was on the job earlier this week, authorities said.
Jerome Faison Jr. on Monday allegedly made threats to the staff at Southwest Edgecombe High School and there were reports he possibly had a gun, E.W. Muse, a detective lieutenant with the Edgecombe County Sheriff’s Office, said in a news release on Thursday.
This was brought to the attention of the school resource officer, who was able to obtain consent and search Faison’s vehicle, which had a loaded handgun aboard, Muse said.
Faison is charged with felony having a gun on educational property and misdemeanor carrying a concealed gun, Edgecombe County District Court records state.
Faison was released on a $5,000 unsecured bond, Muse said.
Faison, 41, of the 8200 block of Gardner School Road in the Stantonsburg area, is due on April 3 in District Court, court officials said.
Faison waived his right to court-appointed legal counsel but the court record doesn’t yet show he has retained an attorney, the court officials said.
Edgecombe County Public Schools officials said Faison turned in his resignation, ending employment dating back to November 2018.
The schools officials didn’t respond to emailed questions about whether they have any idea of Faison’s alleged motive in bringing a gun to the school or whether this is going to have any impact on how hiring is conducted in the future.
The schools officials did make clear in the email the district conducts background checks on all district employees, school volunteers and field trip chaperones.