Norfolk superintendent calls for action to keep students safe

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by WVEC.com

WVEC.com

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 5:14 PM

NORFOLK--Norfolk Superintendent of Schools is calling on the community to come together to safeguard our children's future.

On Wednesday morning, Superintendent Dr. Samuel T. King was joined by Police Chief Mike Goldsmith and Sheriff Bob McCabe to talk about the violence that's touched Norfolk Schools so early in the new school year.

"Our community mourns three young men - Maury High School Carlton Dean shot two weeks ago; Lake Taylor High School David White shot Friday and the 15-year-old charged with murder in Friday’s shooting. Dean and White, both 19, were lost before they had an opportunity to seize their futures. The 15-year-old will have his future altered no matter the outcome of the case," King stated.

Though the shootings didn't happen on school grounds or during school hours, they affected the schools.

"When our children are harmed, when they’re prevented from having and becoming successful students, contributors to societies, we all suffer," King added.

He said everyone is responsible to correct the circumstances that lead to these tragic results.

"We must all join together in a united front to keep the streets and neighborhoods safe," he stated.

King called on every citizen, parents, extended families, civic leaders, faith-based leaders, business owners, military partners, even students themselves, to take an active role in making a safe community. He also asked them to partner with Norfolk Public Schools, which educates nearly 34,00 students, and go sign up to get involved on the School System Website.

On Tuesday, the school district announced all varsity football games would be played on Saturday afternoons.

The teen suspect was arraigned Tuesday on charges of 2nd degree murder and use of a firearm. He remains in custody, said Commonwealth's Attorney spokeswoman Amanda Howie.

A preliminary hearing date will be set and if probable cause is found at that time, the charges will be certified to the Grand Jury and Circuit Court, she added.

Meantime, a wake for David White will be held Friday, Oct. 5, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Metropolitan Funeral Service in Norfolk.

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