Example: [Collected via Facebook, April 2013]
Cole arrived to school Monday morning and reached behind the seat of his truck to get his book bag. He suddenly realized he'd accidentally left his shotgun in his vehicle after he was out fishing and shooting over the weekend and that it needed to be returned home immediately.
Afraid of getting in trouble for skipping class, Cole locked his truck, walked to the front office and called his mother to come and retrieve it, as he couldn't leave school; he would miss class.
Due to his conversation being overheard by school staff, the police were called, Cole was arrested and charged with a felony, along with a year's expulsion. He will not be able to graduate with his class.
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Origins: In April 2013, 16-year-old David Cole Withrow, a student at Princeton High School in North Carolina, was charged with bringing a weapon on educational property (a crime which is classified as a felony) and was expelled from the school, preventing him from being able to graduate with his class. According to the account of a family friend, the charges stemmed from Withrow's accidentally leaving an unloaded shotgun in his car after a skeet shooting outing:
"To have him arrested and expelled from school is excessive," she said. "He locks his vehicle, goes inside and tries to do the right thing."
Others in the Princeton High community agree that Withrow's punishment is too harsh, especially after charges weren't filed when a loaded gun was found in an assistant principal's car two years ago. The assistant principal and a school resource officer were each suspended for three days without pay in that incident.
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Boykin said Withrow's family isn't upset with school administrators, but believes the law is too strict.
"With no areas for mistakes or human error or gray area in there, that just can't apply to everything," she said.
Students have been painting "Free Cole" on their cars and a local printer even designed a "Free Cole for Doing the Right Thing" bumper sticker.
"I believe he did the right thing by being truthful and being honest," said Joseph Canzaniello of Express Signs. "His integrity will be held intact no matter what happens to him."
His family is upset he must finish at an alternative school.
Withrow has received a scholarship offer from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and from Harding University in Searcy, Ark.
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