Lincoln student allegedly pulls gun on another student during fight

December 18, 2003|EMILY BURTON

STANFORD - Two Lincoln County High School students were charged after one suspect allegedly pulled a gun on the other during a fight Tuesday in the parking lot of Wal-Mart.

According to dispatchers, Stanford police Sgt. Greg Hill arrived on the scene Tuesday afternoon in response to a call advising him of a group of students fighting. He disbanded the group. Soon after he left, some of the students involved came to the 911 center and advised dispatchers that a gun had been pulled during the fight.

Dispatchers said the students had not informed Hill of the gun when he had been at Wal-Mart.

Police Chief Keith Middleton said the juvenile charged with pulling the weapon was sent to a detention center.

"The parents of the juvenile who had the weapon pulled on him signed a complaint ... The gun was confiscated. The juvenile was charged," said Middleton.

Animosity between the students had been present in school, said high school Principal Ty Howard.


"There was some posturing (in the hall), but we took care of it," said Howard.

No school disciplinary action has been taken against them, since the confrontation took place off school grounds.

Howard said there was a possibility one of the students had brought a gun onto school grounds Tuesday. If that holds true, said Howard, the school could then take disciplinary measures.

State police interviewed students at the school Wednesday morning as possible witnesses. They are handling the follow-up investigation, during which it has been learned that the weapon allegedly used by the juvenile was from Boyle County.

Middleton said state police were following up on possible additional charges related to the gun.

Trooper Clyde Bertram is in charge of the investigation.

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