Man pleads guilty of failing to secure handgun that Carver student brought to school

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. –A Winston-Salem man pleaded guilty in Forsyth District Court this week to charges in connection to a student bringing a handgun to Carver High School in January.

Raul Olivera Mejia, 22, of the 800 block of Efrid Street, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge of failure to secure a weapon to protect a minor, according to court records.

Judge Laurie Hutchins of Forsyth District Court issued a prayer for judgment, which means no punishment was imposed. Mejia was ordered to pay $180 in court costs, according to court records.

Mejia was arrested soon after a fight between two juveniles at Carver High School on Jan. 31. Carver’s school resource officers learned that one of the students had a handgun on school property. According to the police report, an unloaded .22 caliber pistol was found in a bookbag inside a classroom.

The student who bought the weapon to school was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon on school property. The student is a juvenile and that student’s name has not been released.

Carver High School was placed on lockdown at 2 p.m. and the unloaded gun was found just after the school’s normal 3:40 p.m. dismissal time. Students were released shortly after.

Police have not said what the relationship between Mejia and the student was.

A student found with a gun is subject to school system’s discipline policy. Possession of a firearm is considered a “level-seven” offense by the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools system. Level-seven offenses generally warrant a one-year suspension.

Credit: Michael Hewlett/Winston-Salem Journal

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