GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WGHP) — Deputies found two teens with a stolen handgun on the Northeast High School campus Monday, according to the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the sheriff’s office, a school resource officer investigated after a report of a gun on campus.
The SRO and school administration found the two 17-year-old suspects with a stolen gun in a vehicle in the school parking lot during dismissal Monday at Northeast Guilford High School.
The two teens were charged with possession of a weapon on educational property and possession of a stolen firearm.
The sheriff’s office does not plan to release more information about the suspects due to their ages.
This comes after a flurry of threats and guns being found on campuses across the Triad. Sunday evening a juvenile was arrested for threatening to “nuke” High Point Central High School and another teenager was arrested for making threats against various Guilford County high schools two weeks ago.
There have been five separate gun-related incidents in Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools since the deadly Mount Tabor shooting on Sept. 1, with guns being found at Parkland High School, Reynolds High School, Mount Tabor High School and Paisley IB Magnet School across the month of September.
Superintendent Sharon Contreras shared the following statement:
“Once again, a tip from students and the quick actions of the Northeast Guilford High School administration and law enforcement helped us identify and possibly avert a very serious situation in our schools. While it’s clear that our protocols are working, it’s also clear that schools can’t address the issues of weapons alone.
“We need more help from parents, community leaders and policy makers. Guns are too easy for children to get and as we see in news reports, there are far too many in the hands of children in North Carolina. Crime rates are going up; this was true before the pandemic, and is more true now. The fact that this trend is statewide should be cause for alarm.
“Schools reflect communities, and we need to heed the warning signs now. While we, as educators, can’t solve this on our own, we stand ready to do our part.”