Student shot on high school campus

May 12, 2010 6:20:22 AM PDT
A West Bladen High School student was shot Tuesday afternoon on campus as students were leaving school for the day.Investigators say the incident started when a fight broke out between two groups of students near the high school's entrance.

One student said there was a lot of slapping, pushing and hitting. The student said she then heard what sounded like a balloon pop and the crowd scattered.

School officials say a student was shot, but didn't realize it until he was on the school bus. He was taken to a local hospital then air-lifted to new Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington. Investigators say his wound is not life-threatening.

Authorities say two students are charged in connection with the shooting.

Bladen County Sheriff's Department investigators say the names of the students involved won't be released until after the district attorney has reviewed the case.

Sheriff's investigators and SBI agents spent much of the Tuesday afternoon talking with students about what happened.

Several students declined to talk for fear of retribution and some of their parents say they are now afraid too.

"It's scary, I have a daughter who will be starting here in the 9th grade this year, so I'm worried about the shooting and fighting and the riots," parent Lenora Singletary said.

"It was real scary to me, upset and everything, calling everybody trying to find information about," parent Jackie Singletary said.

School officials say a crisis intervention team will be at the school on Wednesday and campus security will be increased.

ABC11 Eyewitness News spoke with a county commissioner who said he is troubled by what has happened. He says he and parents will be asking tough questions in the coming days.

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