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File photo of shotguns. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

File photo of shotguns. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

PRINCETON, N.C. (AP) — A teen who said he left two unloaded shotguns in his car at school after skeet shooting last weekend will be allowed to graduate, an attorney for the Johnston County Schools Board of Education said.

David Cole Withrow, 18, was arrested Monday on a felony charge of bringing a weapon onto school grounds after he left the guns in his car at Princeton High School.

School board attorney Jimmy Lawrence said Thursday that Withrow has not been expelled and will be allowed to graduate if he meets graduation requirements.

A spokeswoman for Johnston County Schools said she could not speak about discipline against Withrow but said that usually students who bring weapons to school are suspended for 10 days with a recommendation to be suspended for a full calendar year, a mandate under state law.

County Superintendent Ed Croom reviewed the case and agreed to forgo the recommended yearlong suspension. Croom also agreed to allow Withrow to finish at an alternate school, beginning May 13.

The family is not happy that Withrow must finish at an alternate school, rather than with his classmates at Princeton.

Withrow has received a scholarship offer from Liberty University in Lynchburg Va., and from Harding University in Searcy, Ark.

“We think he is a victim of a system that is a little bit, maybe, too overly sensitive to certain things,” Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said. “There has to be room for honest mistakes, and right now, I don’t think the law does that.”

Withrow is scheduled for a court appearance May 16.

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