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Cerro Gordo Elementary School is criticized over fake Facebook picture

Friday, September 19th, 2014

CERRO GORDO, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County School District got more than 300 phone calls from across the country after a fake photo went viral on Facebook.

Cerro Gordo Elementary’s principal Kent Lovett says it all began when a second grade teacher asked her students to write an essay about a hero.

“We had a student who wanted to write about Jesus Christ as being her hero,” Lovett said.

Then Lovett says the student asked the teacher for help.

“The teacher said, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to write?’ The teacher said, ‘You can write about mom or dad.’ The student said ‘no I want to write about Jesus.’ So the teacher helped her write the assignment,” Lovett said.

According to Snopes.com, another media outlet posted a picture of the student’s rough draft saying the teacher had rejected it.

“Our teachers, no one at this school would ever tell a child that they cannot talk about Jesus Christ,” Lovett said.

Then someone on Facebook posted a different picture referring people to the elementary school. This paper has an F at the top and says “Remove Jesus please.”

“The community knows,” Lovett said. “It’s just not true.”

The person also listed the school’s contact information saying “share and fire ’em up.”

The post has more than 28,000 shares and the Columbus County School District has gotten more than 300 phone calls this week.

Lovett says the local community knows they have a good reputation.

“Our reputation outside of Columbus County has been damaged and that’s unfair to our school and to our kids,” Lovett said.

Lovett says none of the phone calls have been from local numbers, but they need to stop.

“We’re about education,” Lovett said. “If we’re getting 300 or 400 phone calls, we can’t educate our kids if we’re having to address issues that have nothing to do with what we’re here about.”

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Suspect charged for shooting marine in bed

Friday, September 19th, 2014

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man is accused of trying to kill a marine sleeping in his bed.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office said the marine was shot several times while sleeping in his off base Hubert home back in March.

Investigators with the Onslow County Sheriff’s office and the US Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) got evidence during the investigation that led them to believe that the suspect in the shooting was from Anderson, SC.

Lavance Shaka Gadsden was arrested and charged with First Degree Attempted Murder and Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill or Inflict Serious Injury Wednesday.

The marine has since recovered and has been released from the hospital.

Gadsden is being held under a $750,000 bond in the Onslow County jail.

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Sounding off about safety in Freeman Park

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Residents voiced their concerns about safety issues on Freeman Park in Carolina Beach on Thursday night.

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Cerro Gordo Elementary School gets blasted over fake Facebook picture

Friday, September 19th, 2014

CERRO GORDO, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County School District got more than 300 phone calls from across the country after a fake photo went viral on Facebook.

Cerro Gordo Elementary’s principal Kent Lovett says it all began when a second grade teacher asked her students to write an essay about a hero.

“We had a student who wanted to write about Jesus Christ as being her hero,” Lovett said.

Then Lovett says the student asked the teacher for help.

“The teacher said, ‘Are you sure this is what you want to write?’ The teacher said, ‘You can write about mom or dad.’ The student said ‘no I want to write about Jesus.’ So the teacher helped her write the assignment,” Lovett said.

According to Snopes.com, another media outlet posted a picture of the student’s rough draft saying the teacher had rejected it.

“Our teachers, no one at this school would ever tell a child that they cannot talk about Jesus Christ,” Lovett said.

Then someone on Facebook posted a different picture referring people to the elementary school. This paper has an F at the top and says “Remove Jesus please.”

“The community knows,” Lovett said. “It’s just not true.”

The person also listed the school’s contact information saying “share and fire ’em up.”

The post has more than 28,000 shares and the Columbus County School District has gotten more than 300 phone calls this week.

Lovett says the local community knows they have a good reputation.

“Our reputation outside of Columbus County has been damaged and that’s unfair to our school and to our kids,” Lovett said.

Lovett says none of the phone calls have been from local numbers, but they need to stop.

“We’re about education,” Lovett said. “If we’re getting 300 or 400 phone calls, we can’t educate our kids if we’re having to address issues that have nothing to do with what we’re here about.”

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Wilmington seeks public input on Castle Street development

Friday, September 19th, 2014

The city of Wilmington is proposing a list of changes to two zoning laws which could affect dozens of business owners who are trying to attract more customers.

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