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Kinston police officer pepper sprays Wal-Mart shopper

Gordon Jackson was amongst the many shoppers at Kinston’s Wal-Mart on Black Friday when things became a bit hectic. Jackson was charged with disorderly conduct after Kinston officers begin to pepper spray the crowd waiting to shop. The officer reportedly sprayed the crowd with no warning for being “disorderly,” according to news reports.
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We will miss you, Officer Corbitt

Many people would say that three years is not enough time to build a life-long relationship with someone. However, the students at Kinston High disagree. Perhaps we didn’t realize how big of an impact our resource officer, Andre Corbitt, has had on us until we were informed he was leaving us. Many of us are still searching for the reason he must be relocated, which will result in the loss of our resource officer, assistant football coach and, most importantly, our friend.
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Turnovers, penalties cost Vikings in 2AA title game

Kinston High jumped out to an early 14-0 lead, but three costly penalties and three equally costly fumbles ultimately cost the Vikings a chance at a state championship, as Kinston lost 21-14 to West Stokes in the 2AA state championship game Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
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Schools use lockdown drills to practice safety

The code-red lockdown drill Kinston High held on Oct. 25 may have taken many students by surprise.

“I did not know it was a drill,” junior Janay Boone said. “I thought it was a real lockdown.”

This was the first drill Kinston High has held this year and the timing of it was also quite significant. Just a day before the drill a rare shooting happened at Cape Fear High school in Fayettville, N.C. According to The Fayetteville Observer, Catilyn Abercrombie, a 15-year-old student who attended the high school, was shot in the neck Monday. What made the happening so unusual was that the student was shot by a stray bullet fired by two other students at the school.

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Oh my! Lions, tigers, bears an other exotic animals released by Ohio man

The owner of an Ohio exotic animal preserve released all of his exotic animals just seconds before suicide. Chaos rose in Ohio on Oct. 18 as Zanesville police received a call reporting the release by Terry Thompson. Schools and many businesses were shut down due to the safety hazard of traveling with such animals on the streets. Having no other way to capture the animals, police aimed to kill. Close to 30 of the 48 animals were shot and killed on the day of the release. Two wolves, six black bears, two grizzly bears, nine male lions,and 18 Bengal tigers were killed in all. However, six remaining animals will be given to the Columbus Zoo.
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Libya liberated after 42 years, ‘Arab Spring’ continues with Gadhafi death

Ousted Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi was reported dead on Oct. 20. Gadhafi ruled Libya with an “iron-fist” for almost 42 years. The rebel forces, also known as the National Transitional Council, first overthrew Gadhafi’s government in August of this year. Gadhafi was the third Arab leader overthrown in the upheaval of the Arab Spring.
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Offensive graffiti spotlights race at Kinston High

When news rang through the halls of Kinston High School that the water fountains had been “labeled,” one question ran through all of our heads: Is this a joke that was simply taken too far? Was it ignorance at its best? Or was it racism in its worst form?

In an apparent reference to Jim Crow-era segregation laws, someone had used a marker to label two water fountains “white” and “colored.”

With Kinston High being a predominantly African American school, this joke created a lot of controversy in our hallways. While the Kinston High administrative team never discovered who was responsible for the tasteless prank, one would think the culprit was likely a black student or a white student.