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Police not sure where, why NHHS student shot near campus

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover High School was placed on lockdown this afternoon after a shooting near campus.

Wilmington Police say a New Hanover High senior was shot in the leg near the school and was taken to the hospital. Police are still trying to figure out exactly where the shooting happened and just what happened to send a young woman to the hospital and close down the school.

Investigators believe the shooting happened on 12th Street between Princess and Chestnut Streets around 1 p.m. Police say they have not found any witnesses and do not even have a specific crime scene.

New Hanover High Principal Todd Finn says the school went into lockdown immediately after hearing about the incident. He says his staff does everything in its power to keep students safe, but it can only protect the students that show up for class.

“Beyond our walls and beyond our sidewalks there’s not much we can do, so we want to emphasize to our kids that you want to be in class, you want to be in school, because we exhaust every effort to ensure your safety while you’re here,” Finn said. “Once you make that decision to not come to school on a particular day, we really can’t help you, and I think that’s why it’s so important to be in school.”

Finn says the school was only under lockdown for a matter of minutes, but teachers remained vigilant throughout the school day.

Police say the student did not call police and had a friend drive her to the hospital. Hospital staff then notified police.

The name of the student has not been released.

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Virgo charter application denied

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Governance of the school board was the primary reason the application was denied.

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Brunswick commissioners looking at options after DSS blow-up

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A day after a board member and reporter were kicked out of a Brunswick County Social Services Board Meeting, county leaders are looking into what happened. One county commissioner went as far as to call it an embarrassment.

County commissioner and Social Services Board Chair Charles Warren kicked out board member Pat Sykes and a Brunswick Beacon reporter because he said they disrupted Tuesday’s meeting.

After some discussion Chief Deputy Charlie Miller told Warren he couldn’t remove Sykes unless he arrested her.

“Are you refusing to leave,” Warren asked Sykes.

“Yes, sir, I’m refusing to leave,” she replied.

Miller asked Warren, “You really want to do this?”

“Yes, sir,” Warren replied.

“And you’re able to go to court?” Miller asked?

“Yes, sir,” Warren said.

Today, Miller, who is also a Brunswick County School Board member, talked about what happened in the meeting.

“Yesterday was the first time in a 24-year career that I’ve ever been put in a situation to where I was asked to arrest a board member,” Miller said. “In my eyes I did not see a law that had been broken or violated, and I chose not to arrest.”

One day after the controversial DSS meeting, Sykes says she wants the other county commissioners to do something about Warren.

“I just hope the commissioners can get something done,” Sykes said. “Have him removed from the board. If they get him removed I think the board will move forward.”

Brunswick County Commission Chair Bill Sue told us by phone, “What’s been going on with that DSS Board is an embarrassment to the DSS. It’s an embarrassment to the DSS Board. It’s an embarrassment to the Brunswick County Commission. It’s an embarrassment to Brunswick County.”

We reached out to commissioner warren to hear what he had to say about the situation, but he did not want to talk on camera.

The next Brunswick County Social Services meeting is Tuesday afternoon. Sykes says she plans to be there.

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State denies charter school application for Virgo

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — New Hanover County Schools found out today that the fast-track application for the D.C. Virgo Urban Prep Academy Charter School was not approved by the North Carolina Public Charter School Advisory Council. The application passed its initial review yesterday by a sub-committee; however, when the application came before the entire board today, it was denied with the primary reason being concerns about the design of the governance of the proposed charter school board.

“Obviously we are disappointed that it was not approved as a charter school. However, we do not consider this an end of the project. We will tweak what we are doing to fit a public school model and move forward,” said Dr. Tim Markley, superintendent of New Hanover County Schools.

“I value our partnership with the Blue Ribbon Commission and we are committed to making this school partnership work and to opening it in the fall of 2012, Dr. Markley added.

Dr. Markley stated he has not received the official reasoning yet, but he has been informed that they referenced the lack of specificity in board members and definitive bylaws. As a result, the Council deemed the application incomplete. He will discuss options about D.C. Virgo with the New Hanover County Board of Education at their next regular meeting in January.

Dr. Markley remains committed to having community input into the process of re-establishing D.C. Virgo Middle School and he will recommend that NHCS continues to accept applications for the Virgo board with the intent that the board will now become an advisory board instead of a charter school board.

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Police searching for suspect who shot woman

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Police search for suspect who shot woman near New Hanover High School

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