Guns taken from two students at middle school

By Brie Handgraaf

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Two Edwards Middle School students were charged Wednesday with bringing weapons to school.

Around 8 a.m., a student told a school administrator that a 13-year-old male classmate had a gun. Officials brought the suspect to the office and found a loaded .22-caliber handgun in the student’s backpack. No one was injured. The unidentified teen was charged with felony possession of a weapon on school grounds and was taken to a juvenile detention facility in Greenville.

School administrators were alerted to another student with a weapon around 12:30 p.m. According to police reports, a black pellet gun was seized from the pants pocket of a 14-year-old girl. The unidentified juvenile was charged with misdemeanor possession of a weapon on school grounds and released to a guardian.

“We applaud the administrative staff at Edwards Middle for being alert and taking quick action in response to information provided to them; thus ensuring our top priority of keeping our students, staff and ultimately the school safe,” said Nash-Rocky Mount Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson in a press release. “Their quick action averted what could have potentially been a very serious event.”

School officials said the facility was not placed on lockdown, and the incident did not disrupt the school’s routine. A phone message was sent to all parents about the event by Principal Chris Silvills.

“Any student who brings a weapon to any of our campuses will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including a recommendation for expulsion,” Jackson said. “We continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement officials to ensure that those who participate in such behavior are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and if necessary, lose their opportunity to attend our schools.”