NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Students at two schools in New Hanover County are being charged for having weapons on campus.
Three students at Rachel Freeman Elementary school were charged with having weapons on campus. The incident happened Tuesday, but the school never went on lockdown.
Sgt. Brewer with the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office said one student brought a metal cigarette lighter in the shape of a gun, and another student brought a plastic airsoft gun on the campus of the school. A third student involved was also charged for wanting to hold one of the weapons while on campus.
New Hanover County Schools defines a weapon as:
Weapon - Any gun, rifle, pistol, or other Firearm of any kind; any dynamite cartridge, bomb, grenade, mine or powerful explosive, as defined by N.C.G.S. §14-284.1; or any knife, club, dagger, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razor, razor blade, sharp pointed or sharp edged instrument, or other instrument or substance used to or designed primarily to injure another person. However, this definition does not apply to a BB gun, air rifle or air pistol or to a Weapon used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority, or to common pens or pencils used for their intended purposes.
The three students have been charged with having weapons on campus.
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