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The media as a weapon

Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007, at 10:11 AM

I've got an editorial page column about how the Dawn Bobo case has been handled so far going in Wednesday's T-G, but I'd like to weigh in here a little more briefly on the same things.

(Wednesday update) Access the column here www.t-g.com/story/1298614.html.

I'm concerned about some people out to do what I call "using the media as a weapon." Words can wound, as we who work with them daily well know.

Some who contacted us about the Bobo situation before we reported it were reasonable. They were appreciated and heard. Others seemed furious, not only at what Bobo allegedly did, but at Bobo herself.

We always, very much, want to hear from those with legitimate wrongs which need to be exposed. But I'm wary of those who obviously have slander and hatred on their minds. Too many people want stories to be reported simply to hurt others or settle personal grudges.

A few years from now and beyond it's not going to make any difference in anyone's life because Dawn Bobo accidentally brought a gun to Liberty School in 2007, unless it's her own life due to how she's treated through the court and school systems.

That's why, if I were a judge, I'd levy very light punishment, probably no more than a year's probation. Bobo admitted making a honest mistake, as we all have. And what she allegedly did is far different from bringing a weapon to a school or building with the intention of using it.

Several who commented on our website claim certain people receive favorable treatment from local institutions.

Bobo didn't receive special treatment in our coverage. And hopefully she'll receive fair but equal treatment from the court and school officials.

I've heard claims for years that some teachers and students in the Bedford County school system are treated differently based on income, "who they are," etc. Perhaps it's time for open discussion about this at school board meetings to get things out in the open or put the claims to rest for good.


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please post who db45 is? we need to stay away from them. Dawn is a good Christian person and someone is always ready to down God's child. She only made a human mistake and I think everything has been blown out of proportion. Dawn will go out of her way to help you. We are praying for you Dawn.

-- Posted by deanie1 on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 10:25 AM

I have to add that the source for the post office staph story I did the other day came from an unknown person who seemed to me to have other motives aside from merely informing the public, since they said they were going to contact Nashville media if I wasn't going to "do anything about it."

The person got quite upset and hung up on me when I started asking detailed questions about the situation. I would have to say that 75% of the time, tipsters we deal with are more concerned with "getting" someone than letting the public know about important issues.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 10:49 AM

I agree about the misuse of the media. I couldn't believe it when I read the article about the staph infection at the post office and the uproar of it all and how it seems some people almost believe these employees should have been fired. These individual have a job and are probably trying to take care of a family and they can't help if they get sick . . . it's a part of life and it happens and they did what was required to get better but they still have to work and provide for their family and the like. It amazes me how so many people worry about the business of others when they should be worrying about them self. That is like the issue with the gun and the teacher, that could have been handle at the school level and all this uproar could have been avoided. It was an honest mistake and so many of these supposed "Christians" need to start acting like it and let it go. Innocent people get hurt when people start using the media for their own personal agenda and slander individuals.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 11:43 AM

I would tend to be 'pro-coyote' on this issue but Dawn is one of the gentlest,most rational people I know.

I would trust her if she had anthrax and a nuclear warhead in her tote bag.

Her inadvertant mistake should not be ignored lest some fools decide a lax response means they could do something stupid on purpose with impunity.

But,the fact that Dawn brought this to people's attention in the first place shows she is a responsible (if fallible) person.

It's not like she was bringing in lethal forms of ordnance to curb gum-chewing in the halls of the school.

Yes,it was newsworthy and the incident could serve as a harmless reminder of the rules made for everyone's safety.

No one (least of all Dawn) needs to be raked over the coals over this.

Let's just give this matter only the attention it truly warrants and move on.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 1:25 PM

I would trust her if she had anthrax and a nuclear warhead in her tote bag.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 1:25 PM

That's good and I totally agree with you here.

I think the best thing we can do for Mrs. Bobo is to just quit talking about it. I think her situation has been more than fairly covered and we should all just move on.

-- Posted by pleasebenice on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 1:39 PM

Years ago some of the guys I went to school with used to have gun racks in their trucks. One of them got a verbal warning not to bring his gun back on school premises again! Guys used to carry pocket knives, back then it was no big deal and they also settled their disputes with a fist fight. Boy how times have changed.

When my 16 yr old was in pre-K she took a small pearl handle 3 inch pocket knife to school in her pocket. It fell out of her pocket that night! I then found out she had taken it to school. I could have died, I could only imagine how that would have been blown out of proportion if anyone had known. She ment no harm she thought the pearl handle was pretty took it out of my jewelry box and put it in her pocket.

I dont know this woman or anything about her but I'm sure this was a mistake. She probably should have returned it to her car and never said a word. Look at the punishment shes getting for being honest!

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 1:44 PM

http://www.t-g.com/blogs/davidmelson/ent...

Most people who left comments on David Melson's blog "Arrest Records: Your right to know" didn't seem to have a problem with the media reporting on people accused of committing crimes. I guess some people only feel that way if it's not them or someone they know personally.

-- Posted by Richard on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 2:32 PM

Richard,

I don't think anyone said it shouldn't be reported in the media. Just so happens she is a well liked well respected individual and MANY people have come to her defense when she couldn't defend herself. I hope that I could say the same if I were in her shoes. Could you?

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 2:43 PM

I don't know her or anyone else at Liberty. I also cannot say if she was treated any different than anyone else would have been. What I do know is if she committed a crime that required her to be arrested and to post bond, then I certainly expect to read her name in the paper in the jail intake along with anyone else that has that misfortune.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 3:07 PM

Just throwing this into the mix. Make your own judgements.

http://www.local6.com/news/14857286/deta...

There have been other cases across the country involving kids who pointed their fingers at other children and said "bang" on the playground and have been expelled; as well as children who drew weapons on paper with crayons and were kicked out of school.

That is patently unreasonable and ludicrous. It is wrong to ruin an adult's career or arrest a 10 year old over something like this.

IMHO, it's time to do away with zero tolerance and use a little common sense in these cases. For both kids AND adults.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 3:19 PM

I don't see her name listed in the jail intake. Why is that?

-- Posted by Richard on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 4:05 PM

IMHO, it's time to do away with zero tolerance and use a little common sense in these cases. For both kids AND adults.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 3:19 PM

Amen to that!

-- Posted by nathan.evans on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 8:02 PM

I think it speaks very higly of Mrs. Bobo's character that so many have come to her defense. I don't know her, but it's very obvious that many people trust her judgement and character. She made a mistake. Granted, it was a very serious error in what she has otherwise shown to have been good judgement. The attention and criticism that has come upon her as the result of this error, in her case would probably be punishment enough.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 11:47 PM

I am curious why these were never reported?

zmd22 posted:

"I am shocked at how some of you people feel about things. All I can say is MAY GOD BE WITH YOU AND BLESS YOU!!! Everyone makes mistakes, NOT ONE PERSON IS PERFECT!!! Whether or not you know Dawn doesn't matter. She is human! She makes mistakes just like I do. I personally think the world of Dawn and my thoughts and prayers are with her and her family during this time.

Now as for you that feel like every situation should be handled the same where have you been? I know of 2 cases that have happened in Bedford Co. Case 1. A student proclaimed he saw a hit list in a students locker and said he saw this student with a gun. The school was locked down right away and the student was arrested. He was later cleared of all charges and released. They had no evidence and couldn't find anything close to what the student had proclaimed he had seen. Unfortunately the student's name was slandered and he was not allowed to return to that school.

Case 2. A young woman was being threatened and bullied and had proof of the threats she had received. One of the girls doing the bulling threatened to bring a gun to school and shoot the girl she was threatening. The young lady took the note to the office but NOTHING was done. This was a written direct threat but nothing was done. She had proof on top of proof of what was being said and done and yet no action was being taken.

This is just proof that not all the situations have been handled the same and that everyone is capable of making mistakes....our school board, our principals, our teachers, our students, our parents, our friends, our families. Our biggest mistake however has not been any of these three cases but the day we allowed prayer and God to be taken out of our schools and our classes. I believe the sooner we return God to school the better off the world will be!"

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 8:56 AM

IMHO, it's time to do away with zero tolerance and use a little common sense in these cases. For both kids AND adults.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Tue, Dec 18, 2007, at 3:19 PM

Brian, I do agree with you and their are other laws I disagree with and feel more common sense should be used and a different approach tried, as some of those laws are not working. However until our National, State & Local officials in their infinite wisdom choose to change these laws, then I expect the prosecutors and judges to uphold them equally regardless of my or anyone elses personal feelings toward a person or the law.

William

-- Posted by HorseGentler on Wed, Dec 19, 2007, at 9:01 AM

Some have been asking why Bobo's name wasn't listed in the Bedford County Jail intake listings.

Deputy Robert Filer, the student resource officer at Liberty, said Friday that Dawn Bobo wasn't listed because the charge is classified as a misdeameanor and she was simply delivered a summons rather than being booked through Bedford County Jail. That's normal procedure in such cases.

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 10:40 AM

This is in response to David Melson's recent posting on this blog:

Some have been asking why Bobo's name wasn't listed in the Bedford County Jail intake listings.

Deputy Robert Filer, the student resource officer at Liberty, said Friday that Dawn Bobo wasn't listed because the charge is classified as a misdeameanor and she was simply delivered a summons rather than being booked through Bedford County Jail. That's normal procedure in such cases.

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Dec 21, 2007, at 10:40 AM

Please observe this I saw in the Dec 23rd edition of the T-G jail intake:

*Jeffrey Allen Stocks, 18, Shelbyville Mills Road; violation check law (five counts); summons delivered

Mr. Melson I know you are only reporting what Deputy Robert Filer told you, but why did the above named person's name appear in the jail intake for a summons and Dawn Bobo's name does not appear for a summons? Mr Stocks is not the first person that I have seen in the jail intake that has received a summons. Furthermore I consider what Dawn Bobo did to be a more serious offense than what Mr Stocks did (violation check law) I never heard of anyone dying from a violation of check law, but I've heard of many dying from a gun in school...this is a bunch of bull.

-- Posted by bunchabull on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 6:43 PM

Because this is Shelbyville and if you know certain people you can avoid public humiliation, if you don't know those certain people... then your name becomes the next topic at breakfast, after reading the jail intake.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 11:06 PM

But--How many of these other people are tried in the media? Do you see each of them being discussed in these blogs? The only reason this is being commented on is because she is a teacher--like everyone expects teachers to be something other than human.

I'm sure she is not the only "celebrity" who has been charged with something, but they are not blogged about, and I doubt if any or you were charged with anything, you would show up on the front page or on these blogs. Most of you don't even know anything about her yet personal comments have been made.

I don't know if she was listed in the blotter or why she wouldn't be because I don't know how the system works and actually I don't want to know. I also don't know the details about what actually happened and neither do you sharks.

I would bet that many people--parents,students, and teachers have been on school property with weapons and/or contraband(I think that tobacco products are also prohibited), but they just don't fess up to having them.

I hope all of you feel better about spouting off.

-- Posted by nellie on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 7:34 AM

I don't know if she was listed in the blotter or why she wouldn't be because I don't know how the system works and actually I don't want to know. I also don't know the details about what actually happened and neither do you sharks.

-- Posted by nellie on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 7:39 AM

Nellie, That is exactly what the problem is. The general public (the taxpayers) don't know what actually happened, as the school officials, law enforcement officials and our hometown newspaper (?) are not answering questions that should be answered and initially the school officials tried to cover it up.

I personally could care less if she is a teacher or a homeless bum. She is charged with a crime and if the homeless bum was charged with a crime, then their name would be in the jail intake and no one would have been trying to cover up the story. Either post EVERYONES name, that has been accused of a crime or do away with the jail intake.

Nellie if you do not know if the name appeared in the jail intake, then that is simple also: check the paper back to when this was first reported. Her name is not there.

I do not know Dawn Bobo, but it angers me to think that some people charged with a crime have to be listed in the jail intake and others don't simply because who they are or who they know.

I have no interest in trying her case in the media, but I am a taxpayer in this county and also a subscriber to this paper and I deserve to know THE TRUTH, not a bunchabull.

-- Posted by bunchabull on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 9:55 AM

Please observe this I saw in the Dec 23rd edition of the T-G jail intake:

*Jeffrey Allen Stocks, 18, Shelbyville Mills Road; violation check law (five counts); summons delivered

Posted by bunchabull on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 6:43 PM

Because this is Shelbyville and if you know certain people you can avoid public humiliation, if you don't know those certain people... then your name becomes the next topic at breakfast, after reading the jail intake.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Sun, Dec 23, 2007, at 11:06 PM

I know for a fact that all summons are not posted on the jail intake! We had my husbands ex-wife summonsed to court and it was never printed! Who really cares anyway? Just another way to humiliate this woman....

-- Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 8:43 PM

She humiliated herself... and then everyone tried to cover it up. Had this been a student in the school your kid was in, you would outraged and you would care less about his/her humility.

It may have been a simple mistake, but it is still unnecessary to try to pretend like it didn't happen. Just so you know, I guarantee you, this will garner much more substantiated news attention than our local media cares to entail.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 10:38 PM

We had my husbands ex-wife summonsed to court and it was never printed!

Posted by Disgusted on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 8:43 PM

Disgusted what was your husband's ex-wife supposed to be summoned for? Only criminal summons are printed or SUPPOSED to be printed in the jail intake. Civil summons are not printed.

Sunday was not the first time I have seen summons listed in the jail intake. For that matter I would like to know why some people get arrested for certain crimes, for which they get processed through jail, have to post a bond and others just get a summons for the same charge. The summons in Sunday's paper was for 5 counts of check violation law and I have certainly seen others names arrested for check violation with just a single count and those people had to post a bond.

As for who cares, well I for one care and numerous other posters care as well.

If you don't care, then good for you, nothing for you to worry about, unless or until it happens to YOU or SOMEONE you love, care about or know!

-- Posted by bunchabull on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 11:30 PM

I'm sure she is not the only "celebrity" who has been charged with something, but they are not blogged about, and I doubt if any or you were charged with anything, you would show up on the front page or on these blogs. Most of you don't even know anything about her yet personal comments have been made.

-- Posted by nellie on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 7:34 AM

I'm not a "celebrity", but I know exactly what would have happened if I did what Mrs. Bobo is accused of doing. The school would not have kept quiet about it. The police would not be "unsure" if I had a carry permit. I would not have been delivered a summons. I would have been handcuffed, tossed into a police car, taken downtown, had a mugshot taken, fingerprinted, and I would have to post bond to get out of jail until my court date.

There also wouldn't have been a front page column in the paper telling my side of the story and mentioning FOUR times in one column that it was an "accident". I probably would have made the front page, but it would be more like "MAN FOUND WITH GUN IN SCHOOL" in big, bold letters. I would also be listed in the jail intake with the rest of the "criminals" only charged with committing with a crime.

I've never been arrested in my life, but I know that's what would have happened if it was me. That's what bothers me.

-- Posted by Richard on Tue, Dec 25, 2007, at 2:45 AM

Couldn't have said it any better Richard!!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Dec 25, 2007, at 10:02 AM

What I am gathering from reading all these post is...Most of you aren't so mad because of the gun but because you feel this has been covered up and she will not have to pay for her crime because of who she is. Although I am not sure who you think she is? As far as I know she is a teacher her family is not wealthy nor are they famous. She is not a Bobo, she married a Bobo. And not all Bobo's are horse people and lawyers.

Maybe I am confused here because I just can not see any connections to anyone who would be able to get her out of a crime.

Enlighten me please.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Dec 25, 2007, at 9:51 PM

Dianatn,

The main reason some people are upset is if it were any other person that did this these would be the results.

1) there would have been a school lockdown and all parents would have been notified.

2) the accused would have been arrested and charged with a felony, ON THE SPOT!

3) they would have been subdued and handcuffed, humiliated in front of the entire school.

4) their car would be searched for several hours for drugs and additional possible materials then towed/impounded.

5) they would have been transported to jail, fingerprinted, processed.

6) They would have to pay a bond.

7) there would have been a concealed weapons permit check.

8) Then there would be a charge for that since they couldn't find one.

9) They would keep your car because it was part of the commission of the Felony.

10) your name would be printed for the entire Bedford County to see in T-G.

Basically, what happened here was...

Incident happened. A resource officer was called. Bobo goes home. week later it was released to public.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 2:00 AM

3) they would have been subdued and handcuffed, humiliated in front of the entire school.

-there was no one to "subdue". She was not shooting the gun nor did she have intentions of shooting the gun, she turned the gun over. She could have simply taken it to her car and never spoken of it. HONESTY!

7) there would have been a concealed weapons permit check.

-If you know anyone with a permit to carry concealed weapons, I'd like to meet em!

dianatn,

I, as a distant but evermore, cousin to Dawn through her marriage to a Bobo am wondering just where all this money is and who she "knows" that will be willing to "get her out of this". Matter of fact, Mrs. Bobo's mother in law was an Aunt of mine and I am unsure just exactly where the money came from and why were we never informed of it's existence.

I have heard a few comments on summons' that appear in the paper. I know, along with another person on this blog, a local person who WAS issued a summons for a criminal offense and who did not have her name put in the paper. Was that b/c of "who she knew"? Probably not, as I have known her for years and it's hard to believe she knows anyone so powerful and has yet to introduce us. Was it b/c all the money she has? Not likely iether. It was most likely b/c she has never been in trouble before and the cops saw it as a waste of time to ruin her name. So is EVERY criminal summons listed in the paper? NO, fact is, they are not all listed.

So please, if you can help me find the money that my family has apparently been stashing for generations let me know where to find it.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 8:11 AM

Just a tidbit from the TN website:

39-17-1309. Carrying weapons on school property. --

(a) As used in this section, "weapon of like kind" includes razors and razor blades, except those used solely for personal shaving, and any sharp pointed or edged instrument, except unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of food, instruction and maintenance.

(b) (1) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed,

with the INTENT

to go armed, any firearm, explosive, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, ice pick, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, knuckles or any other weapon of like kind, not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution.

(2) A violation of this subsection (b) is a Class E felony.

(c) (1) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, any firearm, not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution. It is not an offense under this subsection (c) for a nonstudent adult to possess a firearm, if the firearm is contained within a private vehicle operated by the adult and is not handled by the adult, or by any other person acting with the expressed or implied consent of the adult, while the vehicle is on school property.

(2) A violation of this subsection (c) is a Class B misdemeanor.

My interpretation:

No intent=no felony=misdemeanor

I'm not sure what all is classified as a misdemeanor but in reviewing a few (not all) of the blotters over the last few weeks, I found nothing specifically listed as a misdemeanor unless you also have to post bond or be held for them. I also found an indictment of at least 1 person who was not charged until at least 2 weeks after their crime. Was this an attempted coverup?

There have been several people listed over the past year who either "knew somebody or somebody knew them" and they had to pay.

In searching the web, I have seen several instances where teachers have brought guns to school(with permits) and by accident--one was a BB gun on top of a station wagon. Some states even allow it.

This is the only place where I have seen anyone make such a big deal about it.

-- Posted by nellie on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 8:27 AM

In searching the web, I have seen several instances where teachers have brought guns to school(with permits) and by accident--one was a BB gun on top of a station wagon. Some states even allow it.

This is the only place where I have seen anyone make such a big deal about it.

-- Posted by nellie on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 8:27 AM

http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2007/...

The above link is a news story of a similar incident that happened in Florida. Apparently, other people do make such a deal about it.

-- Posted by Richard on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 1:13 PM

Disgusted what was your husband's ex-wife supposed to be summoned for? Only criminal summons are printed or SUPPOSED to be printed in the jail intake. Civil summons are not printed.

If you don't care, then good for you, nothing for you to worry about, unless or until it happens to YOU or SOMEONE you love, care about or know!

-- Posted by bunchabull on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 11:30 PM

Stalking, harassment, and trespassing while on probation for a DUI! She got a slap on the wrist 6 more months probation...

Its not that I dont care, I just think people are slandering her and thats not right either.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 1:27 PM

She humiliated herself... and then everyone tried to cover it up. Had this been a student in the school your kid was in, you would outraged and you would care less about his/her humility.

It may have been a simple mistake, but it is still unnecessary to try to pretend like it didn't happen. Just so you know, I guarantee you, this will garner much more substantiated news attention than our local media cares to entail.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Dec 24, 2007, at 10:38 PM

Darrick, lets say you make a mistake intentional or unintentional! Would you want your name, your sisters name, and your parents names all over the internet with people posting every thing they could think of about all of you? I DOUBT IT....

-- Posted by Disgusted on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 1:49 PM

I clicked on the link by Richard but couldn't find the myriad of comments that are posted here and couldn't find the results of the poll.

The law in Florida is different:

"A person who has a permit for a firearm is allowed by state statute[Florida] to have that in their vehicle -- perhaps in the glove compartment, or locked in the car -- on school property. However, it's Statute 790.1152c1: You are not allowed to bring that firearm onto campus," said Regina Klaers, a spokeswoman for Seminole County Public Schools.

My understanding of the TN law is that it is only a felony if one intends to go armed. This teacher would not have been charged with more than a misdemeanor under TN law.

I am not going to comment on this anymore, but I just wanted everyone to see that there is more than one side and some people seem to be getting worked up because they found an opportunity to do so. The people in Florida apparently didn't have that need.

-- Posted by nellie on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 3:57 PM

My interpretation:

No intent=no felony=misdemeanor

-- Posted by nellie on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 8:27

nellie,I'm not sure where you got your law degree from, but maybe Mrs. Bobo will hire you to defend her...you'll do it pro bono won't you?

-- Posted by bunchabull on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 5:17 PM

Nellie, you missed the point I was trying to make. You commented that this is the only place where people would "make such a big deal about it". That is not true. The teacher in Florida was arrested, and is going to be fired for doing the same thing as Bobo. Personally, I would rather be blogged about than be taken to jail and lose my job, but maybe that's just me.

I'm not saying what Bobo did was a felony. I am not a lawyer, so I don't know. I do know that people are arrested for misdemeanors everyday. The majority of the people listed in the jail intake were arrested for a misdemeanor, not a felony. Why weren't they delivered a summons? I find it very difficult to believe it is normal procedure for police to simply deliver a summons for possession of a firearm on school property.

-- Posted by Richard on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 2:47 AM

(b) (1) It is an offense for any person to possess or carry, whether openly or concealed, with the INTENT to go armed, any firearm, explosive, explosive weapon, bowie knife, hawk bill knife, ice pick, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, knuckles or any other weapon of like kind, not used solely for instructional or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, in any public or private school building or bus, on any public or private school campus, grounds, recreation area, athletic field or any other property owned, used or operated by any board of education, school, college or university board of trustees, regents or directors for the administration of any public or private educational institution.

Her intent was go be armed against the coyotes, The gun was not there for any educational purposes. Nice try. If you mean intent to shoot, thats understandable, but she had the gun, and her intent was to be armed against the coyotes that have been stealing her mail.

I guess if I intend to pay my bills and don't pay them, my service will still be shut off. Same principle.

-- Posted by Evil Monkey on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 12:26 PM

I don't think she INTENDED on going armed into the school.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 2:33 PM

Perhaps you will be on her jury LauraSFT. If it even goes that far. Personally I don't think anyone except her & God know her intent and I'm going to say once again if nothing is done in court or at the school, then what kind of message does that send to someone else that just might have some intent?

-- Posted by bunchabull on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 2:54 PM

Doubtful, but thanks for the nomination.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Thu, Dec 27, 2007, at 3:33 PM

-If you know anyone with a permit to carry concealed weapons, I'd like to meet em!

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Wed, Dec 26, 2007, at 8:11 AM

LauraSFT, there are over 1000 people in Bedford County that have a Tennessee handgun carry permit. This permit allows you to carry a gun open or concealed. To get a carry permit, you must pay a $115 fee, complete a handgun safety course that includes firing range requirements, and be fingerprinted.

It has yet to be reported if Bobo had a carry permit. The police stated that they were "unsure". This is a lie. The police can find out if you have a carry permit as easily as they check to see if you have a valid driver's license.

You are still prohibited from taking a gun inside a school even if you have a carry permit, but it would answer the question of whether this is a case of a legally armed citizen who accidentally carried their gun into a restricted area, or is it a case of someone who had no business carrying around a gun to begin with.

-- Posted by Richard on Fri, Dec 28, 2007, at 12:58 AM

Hmmm, that course cost me $300.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Fri, Dec 28, 2007, at 9:13 AM


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