Students defend classmate expelled for gun
PRINCETON, N.C. (WTVD) — A Johnston County high school student has been expelled for bringing a gun onto school property, but the school’s student body is coming to his defense.
David “Cole” Withrow is a senior at Princeton High School. He was set to graduate in just a few weeks, until his arrest Monday for bringing a gun to school.
Cole, who is an Eagle Scout and an honors student, said he forgot to take his gun out of his truck after skeet shooting. When he got to school and realized the gun was in his car, he went into school to call his mom so he could leave and take the gun home.
The school found out and Cole was arrested and expelled. SOURCE
Edit to add, and this is GREAT news: Eagle Scout Expelled Due to Forgotten Shotgun WILL Get to Graduate High School AND Gets Full Scholarship
OK, I get it, some say the kid tried to do *the right thing*, but he says that he *forgot* he had a shotgun in the truck. He forgot he had a SHOTGUN? In his truck? The truck that he was driving to school every day?
In this time of anti-gun rhetoric from all over the anti-gun Left, he forgot that he had a SHOTGUN in his truck?
I have, on occasion, forgotten to take a pill, forgotten a birthday, forgotten to pick up the cleaning, but I NEVER forgot I had a gun, or where it was. This *I FORGOT* excuse IS a LOAD crap.
Some have pointed out that OUR generation carried guns in the rack, in the back window of our pickup trucks and that we had them parked in the school parking lot, and we did, I had a double-barrel 12GA and a Winchester 30-30 in MY gun rack, and they were BOTH fully loaded too, that was in the late ’60′s and early ’70s.
That was a different time in America, an innocent time that we may NEVER see again.
The kid messed up and is paying the price. I have NO criticism of the school OR their reaction. The kid didn’t *forget*, this isn’t a ’Sorry Mom, I FORGOT to clean my room’ thing. If you’re a parent, you’ve heard that excuse too.
You do NOT forget a gun, if you do forget a gun, or *claim* to have forgotten, you aren’t ready or mature enough to own a gun or be trusted with one without direct supervision from a mature ADULT that is well trained in gun protocol.
The *I forgot I had a shotgun in my truck* thing is really a load of crap and makes all responsible gun owners look stupid. The Cardinal Rule of gun ownership is to ALWAYS know where your guns are.
And to go a step further; I don’t buy into that *I forgot the gun was in my luggage* crap either. Irresponsibility is irresponsibility, regardless of who it comes from.
Would we accept as an excuse of ”Oops, I forgot and left my baby in the hot car all day”?
NO, we would NOT! No one buys the *I was SO busy and had SO much on my mind, I forgot my poor little baby*. It’s a load of BS.
Responsible gun owners don’t buy this *I forgot I had the gun in the car* thing either.
You do NOT forget a gun, if you do, you have no business WITH a gun, and to make this very clear, I am 59 years old; I have carried a gun nearly EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE since I was 18 years old. So far I have had one negligent discharge, it was 100% MY fault, but I have NEVER forgotten, misplaced or *forgotten* a gun.
Gun ownership and possession bears a lot of responsibility. This young man didn’t accept the responsibility of following ALL the rules, even the silly ones.
I am one of the most PRO-Gun people you’ll ever meet, but as said, with guns comes some serious responsibility, and hopefully, serious common sense.
The school has well stated rules. Do I agree with them? NO, I do not, but they are there and you work within the rules or you pay the price.
Some of you may not know, but nearly every person that has ever been arrested was *totally innocent* and didn’t mean to do whatever it was they did, it was a mistake, and “Can’t ya give me a break?” kind of thing.
Cole just got himself a healthy dose of the REAL WORLD, and can bet on this; Cole will NEVER forget where a gun is ever again, for the rest of his life.