By William R. Toler
David “Cole” Withrow was arrested for having a shotgun in his truck in the parking lot of Princton High School, according to WTVD.
The station reports that Withrow had forgotten he had the firearm “after skeet shooting over the weekend.” He then went to the office to call his mother, where school officals overheard him. He was then arrested and expelled.
He now faces a felony charge for having a firearm on school property.
Other students and the community are supporting Withrow as this story goes viral.
WTVD found out that and assistant principal at the same school and a teacher at another Johnston County School committed similar (victimless) crimes, but didn’t face similar punishments.
The adminstrator received a three-day suspension, but had no legal trouble; the teacher resigned, also with no charges.
The Raleigh-based ABC affiliate also discovered another double standard:
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office told ABC11 that if a school administrator brings a gun to school, they will be charged with a misdemeanor. For a student, the charge is an automatic felony.
Let me get this straight…there are two different charges depending on the status of the individual within the state-run institution? What happened to “equal protection under the law?” This harkens back to my argument about the notion that students have fewer rights than adults.
If this winds up going to trial, it would be a great opportunity for jury nullification. Although he technically broke an arbitrary law, there was no victim…therefore, no crime.
He also tried to do the right thing, but was sadly punished severely…even more severely than if he had been an assistant principal.
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