Woman charged with gun at Whiteville High School

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Submitted: Thu, 05/02/2013 - 9:19pm
Updated: Fri, 05/03/2013 - 12:37pm

WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A woman is in jail after police says she showed up on a school campus armed.

Whiteville Police Lt. Marc McGee says Michelle Walling had gotten into a car accident, left the scene and drove to Whiteville High School. The other driver involved in the crash followed her to Whiteville High, where they got into an argument.

School resource officer Chuck Cribb says as soon as he saw a gun hanging out of Walling’s purse, he took her into custody.

One woman with loved ones at the school says it is scary.

“That’s not right, because anything can happen,” Gailya Thomas said. “She could have fell, the gun went off, shot somebody, herself. That’s dangerous and don’t play around with the kids. What is she showing the kids?”>

Another woman with a child at the school says the school needs more security.

“We need to tighten down on more things. More security, more protection for our kids there,” Karen Durant said.

Police say the weapon turned out to be a BB gun. Still, Ofc. Cribb says incidents like this upset him.

“I’m not going to have weapons on my campus,” Cribb said. “I’m not going to do it, of any kind. It’s not going to happen.”

Walling is charged with weapon on educational property and resist, obstruct or delay. Ofc. Cribb says she resisted getting in the patrol car and police had to use force until she cooperated.

Walling is still in the Columbus County Jail.


  • Guns says:

    I agree that no civilians should have guns on a school campus but people that know nothing about guns should not chime in on the subject.

    Modern pistols will not go off if they are dropped or someone falls over.

  • Ken says:

    And bullets do not kill people unless they kill them when the people are in the trajectory of the bullet. So, why not mandate that no human shall be allowed in the path of a bullet. Your theory that “Modern Pistols” do not go off if they are dropped or fall over is full of bullet holes.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Maybe civilians coming in off the street shouldn’t have guns on a school campus, but the adults working there should be allowed to be armed.

  • Troy says:

    The last post is correct guns don’t go off when you drop them; they have safety mechanisms that prevent this. He also agrees that guns should not be on campuses I think we all think that is a good idea. Police officers on campus are the answer, they are rigorously trained, and it gives the children another view of LEO’s not just the times when they come to the house for whatever reason. If there is a better deterrent for school violence I don’t know what it is.

  • Vog46 says:

    Currently we have bill pending in our Legislature that would allow CCW permit holders the ability to bring a weapon on to college campuses here in NC. The problem is they are required to leave the weapon in their car.
    Think about this – anyone with a clean record 21 years of age can get approved for a CCW – employees of the university, and older students.
    The most numerous campus crime? Breaking and entering into motor vehicles!
    Allowing for “kids” to get hold of weapons.
    The legislation is flawed of course.

    But I go back to teachers in the lower grades. I would not want most of them to be able to carry. At least the ones I know.
    They would not have the protective equipment nor the training an LEO would have.

  • People says:

    We would not even be talking about all this if we still had Moms at home and God in school…

  • Guest Mechanic says:

    Armed teachers would be a more effective alternative. There is a teacher in every room and usually only one or two SROs.

  • Troy says:

    In my opinion teachers would pose several problems as front line protectors. The first being, the liability and training of them, they don’t get paid enough to start with, and the fact that they don’t wear bullet proof vests. You see the truth of the matter is if they carry, they unfortunately become one of the first targets, and they would be unprotected. The officers carry on their side, a teacher would not be close to the gun and it would only fall into the wrong hands.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Why does the school need more security? The security measures already in place worked. The SRO did his job and stopped anyone from being harmed.

  • Guest Timekeeper says:

    Nothing would have happened if no SRO had been present. Guess he will be labeled a hero.

  • Guest Vader says:

    As long as she did not point the gun at anybody it should not be an issue, especially a BB gun. Sure, I know all about the laws prohibiting guns on campus, but those need to be changed. If somebody has a fender-bender and drives off the roadway onto the edge of a school yard to get out of the way of traffic, so what if the do have a legal gun inside their vehicle? Exceptions need to apply sometimes.

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Nowhere in this, published, report does it say that this woman “got into a fender-bender and drives off the roadway onto the edge of a school yard to get out of the way of traffic”. The report says that she was in an accident, LEFT the scene of the accident and drove TO the school campus. I’m embarrassed, for you, having to twist the facts in an effort to make them fit your argument.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Guest2020 says:

    Some of the BB guns resemble real guns and she should have at least left it in her car when she went onto the school’s property. I don’t think any Joe Schmo off the street should necessarily be allowed to have a gun on school property. I think the adults who work there should be allowed to be armed.

    Every story I have read says that she left the scene of the accident and drove to Whiteville High School. That alone indicates that she did not just simply move her car off the road after an accident. Also in the reports is that the other person involved in the accident followed her to the school. That wording would not be necessary had she simply pulled of the road after the accident.

    And if you know anything about the laws, you would know that no weapons are allowed on school property, period. You are not supposed to even have them in your vehicle.

  • Guest2020 says:

    Also, she only has a misdemeanor charge, and that is probably due to the fact that it was a bb gun. She also has been charged with having and expired registration and expired inspection which is probably why she left the scene of the action. They should charge her for leaving the scene of an accident.

  • Guest911 says:

    Why shouldn’t law abiding citizens carry guns in schools? Bad guys just do whatever they feel like it…. So….Tell me how a law will stop another Sandy Hook? Or a Oklahoma City Bombing…or Boston Bombing…or the guy that knifed 14 people in a mall…..hmmm more laws…=…. Less protection and freedom for the good….

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    She was not a “law abiding” citizen. She had just left the scene of an accident.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    Can I, please, borrow your crystal ball? You know, the one that you used to predict that, had the officer not been present, the argument would not have escalated to a point where the gun would have been brandished.

    Wilmington Observer

  • Troy says:

    Why don’t we just hire “timekeeper” to predict what might or might not happen. Are you for real?

  • Guest350 says:

    If you read the story, you would have learned it was a BB gun. Not a lot to “brandish”, as you call it.

  • liberdee says:

    She left the scene of an accident and went to the school to begin with. Even if she was late for a meeting or something, she never should have left the scene. This whole thing could have been avoided if she just pulled over, exchanged paper work and went on her merry way.

  • Guest Timekeeper says:

    Just stating a loose parallel to whatever really happened. “Scene of accident” becomes “fender-bender” and hopefully you understand she did proceed to school property. The simple fact is she had a BB gun on school property, which was the basis for the panic situation, and regardless of why she was there, the “gun” was only a BB gun which is not a deadly weapon. Guess every letter must be spelled out for some.

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