Carver High School student arrested after officer finds gun in front pocket

Winston-Salem Police Department patch on uniform. (WGHP file photo)

Winston-Salem Police Department patch on uniform. (WGHP file photo)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —  A student was arrested after police say they found a gun in his pocket at Carver High School, according to Winston-Salem police.

On Friday, the Winston-Salem Police Department’s School Resource Unit and Carver High School administration said they found a handgun on campus.

Police say a school resource officer found the handgun in the front pocket of Anthony Villanueva Toribio, 18, and Toribio allegedly resisted arrest.

The gun was reportedly stolen.

Toribio was charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm on school property, carrying a concealed gun and resisting/delaying/obstructing an officer.

The gun was never shown, and police say a preliminary investigation has not indicated any known threat to students or staff.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Winston-Salem Police Department at (336) 773-7700 or CrimeStoppers at (336) 727-2800.

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools released the following statement Friday afternoon:

After Winston-Salem Police found a weapon on the campus of Carver High School and North Forsyth High School today, Dr. Angela P. Hairston, the new Superintendent of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, said, “While I am most thankful no students or staff were threatened and no one was harmed, we will never tolerate students carrying weapons onto school grounds. Students should not have guns. Today’s events are not related, but what they say to me is, as a community, we must start thinking about ways to address why children have access to weapons and why they feel the need to bring them to school.”

When hired, Hairston said school safety was one of her top priorities. Since taking over as superintendent on September 3, 2019, she has already met with school security staff, worked to understand school safety procedures and taken a close look at the district’s School Resource Officer program.

Hairston says school safety districtwide is under review. She goes on to say, “I want to thank parents and students for reporting anything that concerns you and encourage you to continue doing so. We take these situations seriously, and we need your help in keeping our campuses safe.”

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