Ramseur, North Carolina, USA: Ramseur Elementary School in Ramseur, North Carolina was placed on lockdown friday morning and an employee Serena Williams, of Asheboro subsequntly arrested and charged for bringing a handgun into the school cafeteria. .
The employee went into the cafeteria at Ramseur Elementary School with a handgun in a case around 10:10 Friday morning.
“Upon observing the employee with the encased firearm, school staff members immediately reported the incident to the school’s administration,” Randolph County School District spokesperson Tim Moody said.
Law enforcement was then called and they placed the school on lockdown.
According to school officials, they don’t believe the employee intended to use the firearm and it was never seen out of its case. Students were not near the employee while the person was in possession of the encased firearm.
Police say Serena L. Williams admitted, after her arrest, to having the gun on school property.
The lockdown was lifted at 11:05 a.m.
During the investigation, authorities say Williams admitted to bringing the gun on school grounds. Williams was charged with possession of a weapon on educational property.
She was given a $2,000 bond.
This same week, Dennis Alexander, three students were injured after a teacher, Dennis Alexander, who is also the city’s Mayor Pro Tempore and a reserve police officer, accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School, California classroom, on the Monterey Peninsula according to investigators.
Dennis Alexander was teaching a course on public safety, when his gun went off. He was pointing the gun at the ceiling at the time. Pieces of the ceiling fell to the floor.
A 17-year-old boy was injured when fragments from the bullet ricocheted off the ceiling and lodged into his neck. The teen did not suffer life-threatening injuries. The two other students had minor injuries.
Teachers cannot legally possess firearms in California classrooms.
Alexander has been placed on administrative leave from both the school and Sand City Police Department.
In Virginia, Tuesday, a school resource officer accidentally fired his gun inside a middle school in Alexandria during school hours, police say. No one was hurt. The officer was inside his office at George Washington Middle School in the Del Ray neighborhood when he accidentally discharged his service weapon about 9:10 a.m., according to Alexandria police.
The shot was fired as the officer, a five-year veteran of the Alexandria Police Department, was sitting down in his office, police said.
The name of the officer has not been disclosed.
This is even as students nationwide, as planned, stood up in their classrooms and walked out of their schools for 17 minutes – on National Walkout Day – beginning at 10 a.m. in their respective local time zones in order to pressure Congress to approve gun control legislation after the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that killed 17. Students also sat silently with backs to White House for 17 minutes on #NationalWalkoutDay.
Viacom’s MTV, Nickelodeon, BET and Comedy Central have all later suspended programming for 17 minutes in support of the national student walkout over gun violence.
The protests came 10 days before major “March for Our Lives” protests scheduled for Saturday, March 24, in Washington and elsewhere. On March 24, students are expected to amass in Washington and other cities for the March for Our Lives coordinated by Everytown for Gun Safety, a group backed by Michael Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor.
More walkouts are planned on April 20, the anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting in 1999.