Two students charged with bringing weapons to school

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Staff report
Two Rowan-Salisbury School System students were charged this week with having weapons in schools.
The weapons involved were a large pocket knife and a silver pair of brass knuckles.
William G. McKeen, a 17-year-old student at East Rowan High School, also faces multiple drug-related charges.
Capt. John Sifford of the Rowan Sheriff’s Office said school officials spotted a glass bowl used for smoking marijuana in McKeen’s vehicle while it was parked on the school campus.
School Resource Officer W.R. Walker and Principal Kelly Sparger searched McKeen’s vehicle and found a pocket knife, along with several bottles of prescription medication.
McKeen is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of Schedule 2 controlled substance. All are misdemeanors.
A 13-year-old student at West Rowan Middle School faces a juvenile petition after School Resource Officer Christine Brown found him with a pair of brass knuckles.
Another student’s parent tipped Brown off about the knuckles, according to reports.